Cards moving up four-star Taylor's list

Cards moving up four-star Taylor's list

Georgetown and Alabama have been recruiting 6'10, 215 pound Jimmie Taylor the hardest. Now, the Hoyas and Crimson Tide have competition, as Louisville is making a strong move up the four-star Greensboro, Ala., center's list.

Georgetown and Alabama have been recruiting 6'10, 215 pound Jimmy Taylor the hardest. Now, the Hoyas and Crimson Tide have competition, as Louisville is making a strong move up the four-star Greensboro, Ala., center's list after jumping into his recruitment in recent weeks.

"Georgetown is on me the hardest right now, Alabama, too," Taylor said. "Louisville is on me kind of hard now too."

Taylor, Scout.com's No. 8 center prospect, said Louisville began showing interest two weeks ago. Hee's been talking with Cardinals assistant Kevin Keatts since.

"He compared me to Louisville's big man right now," Taylor said. "He said I've got more skills than he did when he came in and he's playing good now and will be a first round draft pick next year. They said they'd fill me out my first year weight-wise and their style of play will fit me real good."

A promising left-handed post prospect, Taylor received a look from Pitino at the Nike EYBL Saturday night in Hampton, Va. Pitino wasn't the only elite coach watching as North Carolina skipper Roy Williams, and Georgia coach Mark Fox had court side seats.

"I've got a lot of interest in Louisville," Taylor said. "I like Rick Pitino's history. He coached in the NBA and he's a great coach."

Taylor claims offers from Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Louisville, Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia and NC State. He's planning to narrow the focus of his recruitment this month and says that Louisville, Georgetown and Alabama will make the cut.

"I'm hoping to name a Top 5 in the next two weeks," Taylor said. "I know Louisville, Georgetown and Alabama for sure. I don't know the other two. I want to make a decision before basketball season. I'll see who comes the hardest at me."

Taylor, who has visited Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn, is looking for a good school where he can continue to hone his skills.

"I'm looking at their academic program because basketball is going to end sometime, their style of play and who is going to develop me the most," Taylor said.

With Pitino watching, Taylor helped lead Alabama Challenge to a win over the Metro Hawks, finishing with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. He made 4 of 7 shots, including a thunderous alley oop on the break and nifty midrange pull up off the dribble.

"I think I've been playing fair, but not the best I can," Taylor said. "I've advanced a lot with my offensive skills since last year. I'm still working on my jump shot and spin move."

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