Terry Taylor and the Purples Advance
Terry Taylor’s Bowling Green Purples (30-2) advanced over Barren County (17-16) Tuesday night with a 62-45 win.
An Austin Peay class of 2017 signee, Taylor finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
While Terry Taylor and the Purples sound like a disco-era group, Taylor’s lefty touch does emanate a sweet sound. As a kind of Baby (Zach) Randolph, “Zeebo” Taylor demonstrated a gentle touch around the rim.
Early in the contest, Taylor knocked down a smooth, flawless one-dribble pull-up. He also comfortably converted a three-pointer in rhythm.
“I think Terry is a Mr. Basketball candidate, and one of the top 2/3 players in the state,” said Bowling Green Head Coach D.G. Sherill. “I think Austin Peay is stealing a player.”
Austin Peay Associate Head Coach Jay Bowen slipped in the door minutes before tip-off and ducked out in the final stages. He witnessed the continued maturation of Taylor’s game.
Taylor’s brightest moment came late in the first quarter. He collected a loose ball and manned the break alone. The lefty darted up the floor and slipped two defenders on his way to the paint. Though he missed a bunny, Taylor pounced on his own miss, and finished off the play.
Terry Taylor Evaluation
In addition to gentle-release, Taylor smashed down on a couple feeble guard shots. He has developed his solid raw power into a tangible basketball skill.
He has plus strength for a high school senior. Taylor is a decent leaper that confidently blocks any guard offerings inside. He will be capable of helping off his man if Austin Peay elects to play him as a second big.
“I don’t know where we are going to end up, but if we lose our next basketball game these two young men (Taylor, Kyran Jones) have had two of the best careers of any players to come through Bowling Green High School.”
Together Taylor and Jones averaged 30 wins a season throughout their unfinished careers.
Charged with defending the low blocksTaylor’s feet are quick enough to cover both sides of the lane, if there is another defender alongside.
The Bowling Green senior could get exposed by a All-OVC wing outside the arc early in his college career. He projects as a possible college wing, though it will take one or two years to adapt defensively outside.
Capable of playing as a second big or attacking from outside, Taylor is very versatile offensively.
Taylor will be able to score a bit upon arrival. Terry Taylor has some tools that translate immediately. He can put the ball on the floor and hit a pull-up. Taylor’s mid-range shooting is very good. He will need to speed up the release as shooting windows shrink at the next level.
Left alone, Taylor is likely good for 35-40% from the college arc.
As important as offensive skills are, Taylor possesses an even more marketable life skill. He is a good teammate.
When Trey Jones committed a technical foul, called for a hard arm bar, Taylor walked over and placed his big left arm around him. When the visiting fans were yelling and the young teammate needed some calming Taylor adopted the big brother role. The comforting was quick, but meaningful. It shows Taylor cares about his teammates and looks out for their well-being too.