NU Media Relations:
Lincoln – University of Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Monday that Evan Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio) has signed with Nebraska and will join the Husker program for the 2016-17 season.
“I am very happy to add a person Like Evan Taylor to our program,” Miles said. “He's an excellent student, a good person and very smart basketball player. Most importantly, of course, he knows how to win, as he has been an important part of team success at every stop on his journey to Nebraska Basketball. He's got great size and length on the perimeter defensively. With the ball, he makes excellent decisions and can play multiple positions. He will be a valuable asset for the Huskers. I can't wait to get him on campus.”
Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard, comes to Nebraska after spending the 2015-16 season at Odessa (Texas) College, helping the school make its first NJCAA National Tournament appearance since 2001. Taylor started 31 games for Coach Tra Arnold, averaging 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in just 17 minutes per contest, as Odessa College finished with a 27-6 mark. He reached double figures 12 times, including a season-high 17 points against New Mexico JC. He had 12 points, five assists and a pair of rebounds in a 92-86 loss to Salt Lake CC in the second round of the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Odessa College enjoyed a balanced roster en route to winning conference and regional titles in 2016, as they featured four players averaging double figures and nine players averaging at least six points per game.
Taylor began his collegiate career at Samford, playing in 31 contests for the Bulldogs, as he was selected to the 2015 SoCon All-Freshman Team. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while averaging 1.1 steals per contest. He also shot 34 percent from 3-point range during his freshman campaign. Taylor made 15 starts and reached double figures seven times, highlighted by a 21-point effort, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, against Tennessee-Chattanooga, a game in which he also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
He attended Paul VI (Va.) Catholic High School, leading the school to a 31-6 record and a VISAA D1 State championship in 2014. He averaged 8.5 points per game as the only senior on the team. He helped Paul VI HS to its second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in three years, including a 19-point win over DeMatha High School in the championship game. It marked the school’s only two conference titles since the school was formed. He also helped Paul VI to a runner-up finish at the 2013 City of Palms Classic, considered one of the best high school basketball tournaments in the country.
Evan is the son of Kyle Taylor and Linda Jones. Evan was born on April 11, 1996. Evan’s father, Kyle helped Xavier to an appearance in the 1987 NCAA Tournament.