Taylor has tremendous upside

One of the more intriguing big men in the Northeast is 2014 forward Jacquil Taylor, out of Beaver Country Day (MA). On Thursday evening, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Jacquil's father, Maurice Taylor, to get the latest on the big man's game and recruitment.

Jacquil Taylor is a 6'9 210-pound power forward out of Beaver Country Day (MA). Maurice Taylor, Jacquil's father and AAU coach, spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood Thursday about his son.

"The biggest thing about Jacquil is his IQ and the fact that he wants to get better," Maurice Taylor began. "He watches tape. So he will watch film of Hakeem Olajuwon and then go out there and practice his moves. He may have a post move, but then he will go out there and work on a counter-move," he continued.

This spring and summer, Jacquil flew a bit under the radar nationally due to the fact that he didn't play on one of New England's name-brand AAU programs. Instead, he played on Prodigy, a program that Maurice created and coached so that Jacquil could play with his older brother, Maurice Jr. a North Carolina A&T commit.

At 6'9, and possessing a wingspan of 7'2, Jacquil is a menace on the defensive side of the ball. "College coaches really like his shot-blocking ability," explained Maurice. "His timing is unbelievable, and he really puts the time in there."

A skilled big man with shot-blocking ability the ability to really get up and down the court would seem likely to be in high demand, and that's just the position that Jacquil finds himself in.

"Maryland came up to one of our open gyms, watched him for two hours, and offered right there on the spot," Maurice detailed. Maryland is not the only school in hot pursuit of the Massachusetts native. "Providence has offered and they're in here a lot," Maurice stated.

In addition to Maryland, and Providence, Maurice rattled off an offer list of Temple, VCU, Saint Bonaventure, La Salle, and Saint Joseph's.

Where exactly do the Hawks stand with Jacquil in his recruitment? "Coach Martelli has been up here, and St. Joe's has offered," Maurice began. "He said that Jacquil is one of their top targets, and that means a lot coming from someone like Coach Martelli."

The Hawks are certainly in a tough recruiting battle, against the likes of Maryland and Providence, to land the skilled shot-blocker, but they are actively involved in Jacquil's recruitment. They tracked him this summer, and Martelli traveled up to Massachusetts this fall to reiterate his serious and sincere interest in Jacquil.

As Jacqui Taylor's game continues to improve, his recruitment, which is already at a high level, will continue to expand. Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for the latest on Beaver Country Day standout Jacquil Taylor.

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