Taylor developing on the wing

FORT WAYNE, IN – 2011 Louisville commit Ryan Taylor played mostly inside for his high school team this past season. This spring, though, the 6-foot-6 Taylor is working hard to expand his game to the perimeter. If his performance at the Spiece Run-n-Slam is an indication, Taylor's transition to the perimeter is going smoothly.

"I think I played well here," Ryan Taylor told InsideTheVille.com. "I just played my game – an all-around good game."

That he did. Taylor was impressive over the weekend, getting it done both inside and out for his AAU team, Spiece Fast Break.

Dave Telep, Scout.com's national recruiting director, came away impressed with Taylor's game after the rising junior posted 17 points and about a dozen rebounds in a win over a talented Team Philly squad Saturday at the Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne.

"The UofL commit has bounce and he did it a few different ways in the morning," Telep said. "With a little fire in the belly he showed range, solid athleticism and a slashing style."

Taylor did a little of everything for his team against Team Philly. The high-flying Taylor got all the tough rebounds in traffic and played solid defense. Taylor also scored off the bounce with ease and showed improved range when he nailed two three-pointers.


"This spring I'm working on ball-handling and my jump shot," Taylor said. "I'm trying to get a mid-range and long-range jump shot so instead of being a one dimensional player I can be multi-dimensional. I think the position I'll play in college at my height will be the two or three."

Though Taylor played mostly on the inside for his Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North high school team, he's working hard to expand his perimeter skills this spring on the AAU circuit. So far, the work he's put into improving his ball-handling and shooting have paid noticeable dividends on the court. In other terms, Taylor is starting to resemble a big-time wing prospect.

"I've got to expand my game instead of just playing in the post," Taylor said. "I've got to work on my range so I can be a multiple threat on the court. I've been in the gym late hours and early hours working on my jump shot. I've started knocking down shots out here so I kept on shooting."

Though former Louisville assistant Richard Pitino played a major role in Taylor's early commitment to the Cardinals, the athletic forward said he's had no second thoughts about his college decision since Pitino left for Florida last month. Rick Pitino was in Indianapolis to check in on Taylor a couple of weeks ago and Taylor says he solid with the Cardinals.

"I'm still solid with my commitment and I'm going to stick with my commitment to Louisville," Taylor said, wearing a Louisville sweatshirt. "I think Louisville is a good fit for me and I like their style of play. I think I can come in there and fit right into their program and play their style of play against Big East competition. I'm solid."

Taylor is also trying to help land players for Louisville, including fellow Indianapolis 2011 star point guard Marquis Teague.

"I try to tell him to come down to Louisville and when we get chemistry we can win a national championship," Taylor said. "I tell him about Louisville and tell him to come down with us and commit."


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