N.Y. wing player likes Gamecocks

Junior guard Mike Taylor came out of the doctor walking a little taller. "I just went to the doctor two days ago, and she said I was 6-4," Taylor said. But Taylor isn't the only thing growing — his list of offers has continued to grow as well. The combo guard, who plays in Brooklyn, N.Y., says he has offers from Pittsburgh, St. John's, Rutgers, Providence, Maryland, Indiana, Va. Tech and others.

Recently, he also picked up a new offer from another school that instantly became a favorite - South Carolina.

"When I make my decision, South Carolina will definitely be in my top three when I make a choice," Taylor said of his interest in the Gamecocks.

USC assistant coach and former standout point guard Mike Boynton is a native of New York and goes home to comb the area for talent.

"He's been recruiting me for a while now," Taylor said of Boynton. "He's a cool guy."

The Boys & Girls High School star stated he just got his South Carolina offer a couple of weeks ago and admitted to liking the SEC.

"I like the SEC and the Big East," he said. "Not so much the ACC.

"Proximity isn't an issue. Wherever I like, I'm going to go."

Though Taylor has no idea where he wants to go at this point, he does have a plan.

"Right now, I'm wide open. After the AAU season, I'll sit down with coach, and we'll make a decision," he said. "I'll go to a school if my family likes the school, and if I like the environment. Academics is real big for me and my family. I would like to go to a school for four years and receive a degree."

Taylor plans on making a decision before his high school season and hopes to sign in the early signing period.

However, the wing has been gaining a lot of praise recently and looks to step up his game in the N.Y. playoffs and take that momentum into the AAU season. But what kind of game does Taylor bring to the table? According to him, he shoots better than typical City guards do.

"I can shoot the ball very well from outside, and I have a nice midrange game," he said. "My ball handling is getting better. I can maybe slide over to the 1 sometimes, and I like to get my teammates involved."

Gamecock Anthem Top Stories