Taylor Headed To Big Ten

A few weeks ago, Diamond Taylor indicated he had a favorite. Apparently nothing changed and one Big Ten power went from favorite to lock.

When you add a player out of St. Joseph's in Westchester, Ill., you know you're getting a solid kid. When said player runs with Mike Mullins and the Illinois Wolves in the summer, you can be certain the schooling continues.

On Friday, the Wisconsin Badgers scored a strong pledge from 6-foot-3 shooting guard Diamond Taylor. The player of the year in his league, Taylor averaged 18.6 points and 5. Rebounds, according to coach Gene Pingatore.

"They've been on him the whole year," Pingatore said. "He thought that was the place he wanted to be. He talked it over and they got it done. Wisconsin is a great fit; they're great people."

Recently, Taylor told Scout.com the Badgers led. He wasn't kidding. In the end, it came down to Marquette and Wisconsin. A relationship, as is usually the case, pushed the Badgers to the front of the pack.

"All of the schools are great schools but you have to choose people. Pre-season Bo Ryan came up a couple of times. The biggest recruiter was Howard Moore and every opportunity he had to come up he did."

Taylor is 165 pounds and in need of filling out. When he gets stronger expect his game to make another jump. A shooter who can move around the perimeter and utilizes all spots on the floor, Pingatore said it'd be his defense that gets him in Ryan's good graces early in Madison.

"His improvement is going to be on the defensive end. In our program it takes 2-3 years to learn how to play defense. By the time they're seniors they get it done and he made great strides this year. He knows that to play in college he's got to play defense."

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