Steve Taylor Jr. Leaving Marquette

Marquette announced Wednesday afternoon that junior forward Steve Taylor Jr. will be leaving the program. Taylor averaged 22.1 minutes last season and opened the season as Marquette's starting center while Luke Fischer sat out due to transfer rules.

Taylor's best moments were few and far between and he averaged 5.9 points and five rebounds in his junior season. With Marquette's clear absence of size on the roster, it could have been a breakout year for Taylor.

The Golden Eagles will likely start Luke Fischer at center and top recruit Henry Ellenson at the power forward position next season. Fellow incoming freshman Matt Heldt is another big man who could play a role off the bench. Available minutes for Taylor were waning, which is probably a big reason why he left the program. Taylor almost left when the coach who recruited him, Buzz Williams, left for Virginia Tech at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Taylor's departure leaves Marquette with three scholarships available for next season. Bringing in a rental point guard will likely be Steve Wojciechowski's top priority, as well as building depth down low.

Release:

Milwaukee – Junior Steve Taylor Jr., is leaving the Marquette University men’s basketball program and will transfer, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-7, 240-pound forward will have one season of eligibility remaining after playing three years with the Golden Eagles.

“We want to thank Steve for his contributions to the program, not only this season, but his entire career,” Wojciechowski said. “We also wish him the best of luck as he explores other opportunities to continue both his academic and athletic careers.”

The Chicago, Illinois, native appeared in 90 career games for Marquette, earning 17 starting assignments. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his three years at MU.


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