The beginning of the July live period might still be a couple of days away, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the recent schedule of Jacquil Taylor (Cambridge, Mass./Beaver Country Day).
The rising junior was in action last Friday at the New England Elite 75 Showcase before heading to the Siena Elite Camp on Saturday. A few days later, he was back on the court at Hoop Mountain’s Super Week I Camp.
Taylor stood out as one of the top players in the field, leading his team to the camp championship and claiming most outstanding player honors for the week. He also earned the award as the camp’s best shot-blocker.
While Taylor holds scholarship offers from Boston University and Siena, the left-handed big man has qualities that are sure to intrigue high-level college coaches -- such as his long and athletic 6-foot-8 frame, a floor game that is as mobile as it is bouncy, an instinct for blocking shots and an evolving offensive skill set.
He also reports interest from the likes of Stanford, Michigan, Washington and Boston College, but he’s yet to land his first high-major offer. One of the reasons why Taylor is still flying just a bit under the radar is that he has spurned some of New England's most notable AAU programs in favor of teaming up with his brother, Maurice Taylor Jr., to play for his father on the Prodigy Basketball Club.
Taylor will be making the rounds this month, starting the live period at the Hoop Group Elite Camp before traveling with his Prodigy team to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas.
With his talents becoming less and less of a secret, look for college coaches to be watching in much higher frequency in the coming weeks, giving him a unique opportunity to be among this month’s breakout prospects from the Northeast.