Taylor Steps up Game

It was an impressive year for Steve Taylor who helped lead his team to a state title.

This season in the state of Illinois there was no question who was the most dominant team. It was Chicago Simeon High School. Simeon won their second consecutive state title, and finished the season with only two defeats. One of the reasons for their success was the play of junior forward Steve Taylor.

At 6-foot-7 with long arms and nice athleticism, Taylor has the ability to be a matchup problem for power forwards. Taylor proved to be a good long range shooter this season, and also showed improved rebounding. With that he was huge in helping Simeon win the state title.

About winning the championship, Taylor said, "It was fun. I didn't get to play last year, so it was good to be a part of the team and win state this year."

"I felt that I brought energy to the team, and I cleaned up the glass and just got my team pumped," Taylor continued.

With his solid play and improved toughness on the interior, the recruiting attention is beginning to come in for Taylor. After getting mostly mid-major interest before the season, Taylor is now firmly on the high-major radar.

"I have been hearing a lot from Marquette, Ohio University, Xavier, Northwestern, Nebraska, Northern Illinois," listed Taylor.

During the year Taylor was able to make visits to schools like Illinois, Ohio University, Ohio State, and Xavier for games.

During those visits he tries to take a look at some specific factors to help him figure out if he likes the school or not.

"I look for chemistry between the players and coaches," said Taylor. "Also I want to go to a winning program that can get me better."

At this point Taylor says that he feels the Ohio University Bobcats are the school showing him the most interest, but that he isn't in any hurry to make a decision.

With his improved play during the season, Taylor is making a case for inclusion in the 2012 rankings when they are updated, and there is no doubt that his stock is on the rise.

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