Taggart was one of the top big men
in the class of 2005; he can block shots, rebound and score in a variety of ways
around the basket. At
His junior year at
"I knew when I talked to him he was going to be like a big brother to me," Taggart said. "He is part of the reason I came here. He's a good player and he looks for the big men.
"He told me I'm going to love when I come up here and the coaches are real nice."
"Yeah that's my homie," Taggart said of ISU head coach Wayne Morgan. "I love him like my daddy."
"No, not really," he said. "We're all like a team, like a family. I love [my teammates]. They're like my brothers, they show me a lot of love and I show the love back; I can't wait for the season."
This summer Cyclone fans got a sneak peak at Taggart's ability at the Capital City League. The 6-foot-10, 225 pounder scored 43 points in his teams championship game.
"The competition was good and all but it doesn't compare to the Big 12," Taggart said. "I know I've got to build on that and continue to get better and better."
Taggart suggested he's been working on his defense, trying to get stronger and learning the plays.
"I think the Big 12 is going to be real good this year," he said. "We've got to play real hard."