Class of 2013 Jimmie Taylor Update

Greensboro (AL) High School junior center Jimmie Taylor is one of the top players in the class of 2013. He is relatively new to basketball but college coaches have taken notice of the very talented youngster.

  • Name: Jimmie Taylor
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Greensboro (AL) High School
  • Position: Center
  • HT: 6-9, WT: 220
  • Scout.com Ranking: 4 Star
  • Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgetown, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
  • "I've played organized basketball for three years and I've played AAU for two years," said the Scout.com four-star ranked player who is rated the 90th best player in the nation in the class of 2013. "In my community they only start organize basketball in the 7th grade. In my 8th grade year I got cut. I started getting better my 9th grade year. This (past) summer was when I first really felt comfortable playing basketball. I felt like I was dominant in the AAU circuit."

    Even before this past summer, college coaches noticed the talented big man.

    "After my AAU season at the beginning of my 10th grade year was when I started getting recruited," said Jimmie.

    Coaches became even more serious about him this past summer.

    "Most of the offers really came in this summer," said Jimmie. "Auburn was the first school that (verbally) gave me a scholarship (offer), then Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgetown, all of them came in (with offers). But mostly, it's the SEC schools except for LSU, Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida."

    According to Jimmie, who has a 7-foot-6 to 7-foot-7 wingspan, there are several things college coaches like about him.

    "(College coaches) say they really like how I run the floor, how I block shots and my potential, my upside."

    His head coach at Greensboro High School believes he's more than just a big kid who can run and play defense inside.

    "I like the fact that he is versatile," said Craig Williams. "He's not just a shot-blocker and rebounder. He can put the ball on the floor, he can relieve the pressure, he can play man defense. We have actually played him at the three and two (positions) at times. It's a matchup problem on defense because they can't stop him from getting his shot up. We can bring him out because we have other bigs that allows us to do that. And he has a shot that people can't stop."

    Williams believes he will only get better as he works to improve on a couple areas of his game.

    "We have to get his upper body stronger," said Williams. "And we are currently working on a hook shot for him. If we can get him to knock it down consistently, he will have something that can't be stopped."

    While Jimmie is a very good basketball player, he may be an even better person.

    "He is a very humble kid who knows what he has to do and needs to do," said Williams. "He's just an all around good kid who never gets in trouble. He's second in his class in grades. As a matter of fact, he focuses more on grades than he does basketball. Even though he's just a junior and is just in his third year of organized ball, the rest of the kids are looking to him. He and Donald King, my junior point guard. They are the two guys the rest of the kids look to."

    Jimmie has already checked out a couple of schools unofficially and wants to visit a third soon.

    "I have been to Alabama and Mississippi State, and I plan on going to Auburn sometime," said Jimmie.

    As of now, he has no favorites among the schools showing recruiting interest in him.

    "I really haven't thought about who I like right now," said Jimmie.


    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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