Diamond Will Shine in Madison

A night after winning the conference title, Wisconsin wins the recruiting battle for the services of guard Diamond Taylor.

Diamond Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 165 pound shooting guard out of St. Joseph's in Chicago, Ill., became head coach Bo Ryan's second verbal commitment for the Class of 2009 Thursday night.

Taylor joins 6-foot-7 power forward Mike Bruesewitz, from Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn., as the other verbal recruit so far to Ryan's class (Bruesewitz committed on Feb. 19).

Compared to Devin Harris because he can play both the point and shooting guard position, Taylor, a three-star recruit by Scout.com, was recruited by Howard Moore and was the first Big Ten school to offer him a scholarship and visited the campus twice – an unofficial visit on ‘Night of the Grateful Red' and attended UW's win over Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Taylor mulled through offers from all over the country – including scholarships from Arizona State, Bradley, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Southern Illinois and Virginia, with Kentucky and Virginia showing the most interest as of late.

Taylor led St. Joseph's to the regional finals of the Illinois Class 3A state tournament, losing to Wheaton St. Francis last Friday and decided to commit to the school that was the most personable to him.

"I was just waiting for the season to be over," Taylor told the Journal Sentinel. "I felt this is where my heart was I thought this was a great school so why wait?"

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