Stepinac's Taylor commits to George Washington
By KEVIN DEVANEY JR.
THE JOURNAL NEWS
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(Original publication: October 4, 2007)
Tony Taylor didn't expect to make a decision on where he'd play college basketball until after his senior season at Stepinac.
But when George Washington coach Karl Hobbs watched Taylor at an open gym session this week and offered a scholarship, Taylor didn't see any reason to prolong the process.
Taylor, a 6-foot point guard from Tarrytown, gave his oral commitment late Tuesday night to play for the Atlantic-10 school, passing up offers from several MAAC and other mid-major programs.
"At first, I was hesitant. I didn't even visit there yet," Taylor said. "I spoke with Coach (Hobbs) for a while, and he gave me good reasons why I should come play for the school. I liked his whole demeanor and I just wanted to go to a school that really wanted me."
Dozens of schools have been after Taylor, who had a breakout summer playing AAU. Iona, Manhattan, Stony Brook, Loyola, Quinnipiac and St. Bonaventure were the schools that offered. St. John's had also expressed interest.
For Stepinac last season, Taylor averaged 22 points, 6.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, leading the Crusaders to a 17-8 record. He also connected on 56 3-pointers and shot over 90 percent from the foul line.
"I've really been working hard on my game every day in the summer," Taylor said. "(Hobbs) told me I would play right away as a freshman. He didn't make any promises about starting. But I'll definitely see time at the point and on the wing."
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