Taylor, a 6-foot-6 forward, scored 17 points and had a dozen or more rebounds. Taylor did it all against Team Philly. He pulled in several man-sized rebounds, scored off the bounce and played solid defense. Taylor, known more for his inside game, also drilled a pair of threes with a nice looking shooting stroke.
2011 Louisville prospect Marquis Teague also played well on Saturday, helping his team split a pair of games to finish pool play with a 1-2 record.
Teague, an electric point guard with blazing burst and quickness, had 19 points in a loss to Illinois Old School Saturday morning. Teague had no problem getting to the basket against Old School but struggled to finish around the basket.
PF Jordan Manuel.
In a win over Western Michigan AAU Saturday afternoon, Teague scored 20 points and handed out double-digit assists. Teague displayed mature decision-making in transition getting a bunch of well executed assists on the break. Teague drove and finished much better in the afternoon and also knocked in two three-pointers.
Teague made a spectacular set of plays on one sequence, blocking a shot at the defensive end, racing up court with his left hand then delivering a perfect bounce pass to Deshaun Thomas for a powerful dunk. What separates Teague from other point guards is his explosive burst...his jump shot appears improved, too.
Louisville commit Michael Chandler also showed flashes Saturday. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is going to be an excellent player down the road. Right now, Chandler will block shots, run the court and grab some boards. He'll also score around the basket and convert a decent percentage from the foul line.
Chandler is a typical, young big man. He's loaded with size and potential and appears coachable. He's a solid prospect right now. And the bet here is he'll become a player before long. Chandler had six points and a handful of boards against Team Philly. His stats were better in the afternoon against the Illinois Chargers.
Jordan Manuel, a lanky 6-8 power forward with three-point shooting range, said he's receiving interest from Xavier, Detroit, St. Joe's, Cincinnati and Louisville. Manuel said Louisville coach Rick Pitino came to see him work out in an open gym at his high school two weeks ago.
Manuel, a former high school teammate of Marquis Teague at Indianapolis Pike, offered an interesting statement about his friend.
"I like Louisville because Marquis Teague is going there and I like how he plays," Manuel said. "I think I could fit in."