2012-13: Established himself as one of the most dominant post forces in the Ohio Valley Conference, starting in 28 out of 29 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the regular season finale at Austin Peay on March 2…Ranked sixth in the OVC in scoring (16.2 points per game) and in rebounding (7.2 per game)…Scored in double-figures in 27 games, including eight 20-point games…Led the team in scoring 15 times…Scored a season-best 25 points at Tennessee State on Jan. 10…Accumulated six double-doubles, including back-to-back 14 rebound games against OVC rivals SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 26) and Eastern Kentucky (Jan. 31)…Shot 47 percent from the floor (158-for-336) and demonstrated the ability to extend his range, sinking 10 of his 31 three-point attempts (.323)…Made and shot more than double the free throw attempts than any other Skyhawk (145-for-194, 74.7 percent), tallying eight games with double-digit attempts from the charity stripe…Had multiple-assists in seven games, including a career-best three assists against Austin Peay on Jan. 5…Blocked a shot in 11 games, including a trio of multi-block games…Had six multi-steal games, including a career-high four-steal effort against Jacksonville State on Dec. 31.
2011-12: Capped off a remarkable debut season with an OVC Freshman of the Year and All-Newcomer selections…Was just the third Skyhawk in program history to capture the league’s Freshman of the Year honor…Led all OVC freshmen in scoring (13.7 points per game), rebounds per game (5.2) and blocks per game (0.8)…Played in 28 games while making 27 starts, shooting 49 percent from the field in 24.4 minutes per game…Was one of the league’s best scoring threats on the block, leading the Skyhawks in scoring nine times…Reached double-figures in the scoring column in 21 games, including 11 straight and 17 of 19 to close out the season…Tallied 20 points or more on five different occasions, including a career-best 31 points in 31 minutes in an overtime victory at Kennesaw State on Feb. 14…Demonstrated the ability to extend his shooting range, as he drilled a pair of three-pointers at nationally-ranked Mississippi State on Nov. 25…Collected four double-doubles (at Ohio, at UAB, at Eastern Kentucky and at home against Eastern Illinois) and led the team in rebounding in 10 games…Led the team in free throws made (125) and free throws attempted (167)…In his last three games of the season, he knocked down 94.2 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe (33-for-35, including a career-best 14-of-15 showing against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 11)…Was named OVC Freshman of the Week five times (Nov. 21, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Feb. 6).
BEFORE UTM: Led Hall High School in Little Rock, Ark. to back-to-back state championships and was one point shy of winning three consecutive titles...In fact, Taylor played in the state finals in all four years of high school (three at Hall, one at Lonoke High School) and finished with a 78-13 record in his three seasons at Hall...Prepping under head coach Jon Coleman, Taylor stuffed the statsheet to the tune of 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and a block in the 2011 state title game - a 51-44 victory over West Memphis...Overall, he averaged 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe during his senior campaign...Was ranked by ESPN.com as the 10th best prospect in the state of Arkansas and third best power forward in the state and is a 77 on ESPN's scale of 100.
PERSONAL: Born on Nov. 17, 1992...Son of the late Michael Taylor and Gina Taylor...Has three siblings, Dominique Rice, Michael Taylor and Tequilla Rice...Majoring in university studies.