Jeff TaylorHt/Wt: 6-7 / 225 lbs
2012 Draft Profile - Jeff TaylorJeffery Taylor is a 22 year old, 6'7" 225 pound forward who spent the last four years as a Vanderbilt Commodore. Taylor was a well decorated player at Vanderbilt, earning All SEC honors in each season he played. After his first year Taylor was named to the SEC All Freshman team; his sophomore year he was named 2nd team All SEC and an SEC All Defensive team selection; his junior year he earned 2nd team All SEC honors again as well as SEC All Defensive honors; as a senior Taylor finally made 1st team All SEC and was named to the All Defensive team for the 3rd time.
Taylor is a very talented offensive player, and uses a diverse set of skills to attack the defense. Taylor is quicker than he looks off the dribble, and handles the ball well enough to create his own shot or run the break. Taylor is surprisingly smooth and explosive with ball in his hands, has good change of direction, works well off of screens, and is a knock down three point shooter. The development of Taylor's three point shooting is testament to his desire to improve his game. In his first two years at Vandy Taylor shot 19% from three; in his last two seasons he shot 39%, including 42% his senior year. Despite being a dangerous shooter from three and the field(48%fg career), Taylor is not a good free throw shooter and compiled a disappointing 69.4%ft for his career. The next step in Taylor's offensive progression would seem to be adding a post game. He's got the height, strength, release, quickness, work ethic, and basketball IQ to make it happen.
Being named as an All SEC Defensive selection three years in a row speaks to the kind of player Taylor is defensively. Taylor uses his length and quick hands to make steals and disrupt passing lanes; he tracks his man well off the ball, can recover enough to contest when beaten, and fights off screens. Even though Taylor is a good defender his tendency to gamble for steals does come back to haunt him, and smaller guards have given him some trouble out on the perimeter. There are also times that Taylor loses track of his man because he gets caught looking at the play.
Overall, Jeffery Taylor has a first round grade and is one of the most well rounded players in this draft. He has the looks of a player that could start out with a complementary role, and blossom into a star one day. NBA Comparison: Joe Johnson
Player profile submitted by: Corey Bugg
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