Bloomington – Indiana has something that Stevie Taylor wants.
The 5'9" point guard from Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln H.S. was in Bloomington Sunday for Indiana's Elite Camp, his second trip to the event in the last two years. He found himself seated near IU Coach Tom Crean during lunch, and asked the second-year Indiana coach what makes basketball different in the Hoosier state.
"He said it's the thing to do in Indiana – you play basketball and you go watch basketball," Taylor said. "Every game is a sell out. I'd love to be a part of something like that. For a guy who loves basketball, you couldn't ask for anymore."
That's a big reason why Taylor decided to make the trip to the Indiana Elite Camp for a second straight year. With scholarship offers from a handful of mid-majors, Taylor is hoping the next step is to start getting some interest at the high-major level.
And in his mind, there wouldn't be too many places any better than Indiana.
"I like Indiana, and I hope they'll eventually offer," Taylor said. "It's so unique there – the state is 100 percent about basketball."
After averaging 17 points, five assists and three steals as a sophomore on a Lincoln team that went 18-5, Taylor is already getting other offers and plenty of interest. He said Ohio, Akron, George Mason and James Madison have shown the most early interest, and he's hearing from other high majors as well.
He hopes to get a better gauge on what some programs are thinking about him in the coming days. Today (June 15) is the first day that college coaches can call rising high school juniors, and Taylor is anxious to see who calls him in the first day that contact is permitted.
"It is a big deal (who calls on the first day)," Taylor said. "It's going to be interesting to see who is really interested, and see who else might come to the table. If more come, I'll be all smiles."
As time goes on, plenty of others do figure to come to table. Taylor is a take-charge point guard who combines great leadership with tremendous quickness and a solid perimeter jump shot. After putting those skills on display for the IU coaches at Sunday's elite camp, Taylor is excited the get the AAU season underway once again next month and show more college coaches what he's able to do.
A change in NCAA rules kept college coaches from watching some of the high-profile AAU events in April, but it's now only a couple of weeks before coaches will once again be allowed to be on hand and watch the Stevie Taylors of the world.
"I'm psyched," Taylor said. "I'm excited. I've been putting in work everyday with my brother and dad to get ready for July, because I want to commit before my senior season."
Taylor Talks About IU Elite Camp
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