Taylor Hits The Gym; Picks Up Interest

Phil Taylor is spending every minute he can in the gym. The talented point guard goes twice a day and is prepping for an important junior campaign.

There aren't a ton of prospects getting up at six a.m. to workout, but if you go to Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler it's a requirement. Phil Taylor, a junior-to-be for the Wildcats, seems to relish the opportunity.

"The workouts are getting harder," Taylor said. "Everyone is getting better and we are all just competing with each other. We have a great work ethic and we are just trying to get better as a team."

After the morning workout and school, Taylor and his Wheeler squad head back to the gym for their evening workout.

"It's kind of like two-a-days," the 5-foot-9, 155-pound lead man said. "We are just trying to get in shape for the season."

"I always have something to prove," he continued. "A lot of people don't know if I'm a point guard or if because I shoot good that I'm a shooting guard. I just want to help my team and lead my team, but be able to score when my team needs it."

Last season Taylor stepped up and was a leader for Wheeler, and a year later with another year under belt even more will be expected from the talented point guard.

"I thought seeing that I was only a sophomore, that I really competed against the top guards and I'm just going to continue to work, so I can be one of the top guards myself," Taylor said.

On the recruiting front, Taylor said he's picked up initial interest from Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Xavier and Georgia. At this point none of the schools involved have offered a scholarship.

"Last year I didn't get too much attention because I was a sophomore, but this year it's really started picking up," Taylor said. "It's going well and I have a couple of good looks. But I'm just going to keep working, so I can end up at a good school."

Taylor hasn't set up any visits, but mentioned that he'd like to take unofficial visits to Tennessee, Auburn, Xavier and Florida State in the near future.

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