Taylor solid with Louisville

A year ago, Louisville appeared to be making significant inroads in Indianapolis. In addition to signing Stephan Van Treese, Rick Pitino's program also had commitments from underclassmen Justin Martin, Mike Chandler and Ryan Taylor. Now, the 6'5 Taylor is the last one standing for the Cards....

This time last year, Louisville was quickly earning a reputation as "Indianapolis South."

That's because Rick Pitino's program had signed Lawrence North standout Stephan Van Treese and held verbal commitments from top underclassmen Justin Martin, Mike Chandler and Ryan Taylor. But Martin signed with Xavier and Chandler took back his commitment earlier this spring. That leaves just Taylor as Louisville's lone 2011 commitment from Indy.

"I'm solid with my commitment," Taylor said at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., last week. "I don't know if Mike was solid with his. He pretty much was but then he just wanted to see what other schools offered. So he re-opened. But me, in terms of my commitment, I'm solid. I really like the way Louisville plays – the up tempo, pressing. I like that style of play and I fit in very well with that."

Taylor committed to the Cardinals during his sophomore season. His primary recruiter at UofL, Walter McCarty, left to accept a coaching position with the NBA's Indiana Pacers last week. Taylor said he speaks with Pitino "very seldom," but maintained frequent contact with McCarty.

"I still talk to them [when McCarty was there]," Taylor said. "I talked to Walter McCarty more than anyone else. That's the one I talked to the most often."

Will McCarty's departure impact Taylor's commitment to UofL?

"No, not really," said Taylor. "It does a little bit but not a lot. I didn't commit there for him. I committed there for me. And Coach Pitino is just a great coach."

Taylor teamed with future Louisville center Zach Price at last week's NBA Camp. He impressed onlookers with his aggressive play on the boards and hustle. He showed signs of improved offense, but averaged only 4.8 points – No. 84 in camp in scoring average. He scored in five or six contests, including 10 points in his teams final game at camp.

"I'm just really trying to showcase my game and get better," Taylor said. "At a camp like this everybody is good. You're going to get better if you play your hardest. So I was just trying to play my hardest every game and showcase my skills."

While Taylor plays mostly inside for his Lawrence North high team, he'll have to make the transition to the perimeter in college.

"It's coming along," Taylor said. "I want to work more on range on my jump shot and ball handling. I can handle the ball but high school and college are two different levels. I wake up early in the morning and work on my ball handling and work out spending a couple hours on my ball handling. After school I just get a lot of shots up, working on my technique and form."

In Charlottesville, Taylor roomed with Price and Wayne Blackshear, a third Louisville commitment. Taylor said he didn't know either very well before last week, but the opportunity at camp allowed them to get to know one another better.

"I like his game," Taylor said of Price. "He's a big man and plays big. He is strong in the post and he rebounds. This is gelling us together and we'll be good."

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