- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior big man Jimmie Taylor is headed back to the Final 48 in Birmingham, Ala., for a chance to win another state championship. Taylor had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks on Saturday for Greensboro High School, who defeated Hale County to advance to the Class 3A semifinals.
“The season’s going good,” Taylor said. “I’ve got a lot of help on the team, so I don’t have to do everything. I don’t have to carry the whole load for the team. We’re trying to only concentrate on one game at a time.”
The 6-foot-10 in-state product burst onto the scene as a sophomore, and he has continued to develop his game through various camps, AAU basketball and the USA Trials. He believes all of the hard work is paying off.
“I’m a little more comfortable with double teams,” Taylor said. “I can pass out of double teams better now and things like that. I can face up better, and I’ve still got a soft touch.”
In recruiting, Taylor says he’s hearing the most from Alabama, Auburn, Georgetown, Georgia, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. Kentucky recently came by to see the ESPNU Super 60 star, but the Wildcats have not offered a scholarship yet.
Although, Taylor is in the middle of a playoff run, he was able to find time to stop by Tuscaloosa last week where he got a chance to talk with Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant.
“I was up at Alabama last week,” Taylor said. “It went good, as usual. I talked to Coach Grant. We really just talked about the program and how I fit, and they were just trying to get me to come up there.”
Taylor wants to narrow his list before the AAU season begins and plans to make a decision before the early signing period in November.
Greensboro will play Madison Academy on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. CT. Grant is expected to be in attendance at the game.
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