Talking About Tony Taylor

I've mentioned GW recruit Tony Taylor before - he's a scoring point guard from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY, and will join the Colonials next season. I had a chance to email Tommy Dee, a coach on Stepinac's JV team, and he told me about Taylor. Here's what he said:
Tony is a coach's dream who has been able to overcome the questions that scouts have had about his size. [He's somewhere between 5'9" and 6'0" and about 160 lbs]

The kid gets better ever day he walks in the gym. His "coming out party" was a 31 point performance against Mookie Jones (Syracuse 2008) and Peekskill where he led us to victory and set the single game scoring record[...]

he followed that up by finishing the season as the highest scoring player in NY State (750 plus points) and quickly vaulted himself into a Westchester county POY candidate as a junior and it's not out of the question that he could get a lot of votes for Mr. Basketball in NY state. Mookie, Sylven Landesberg, Kemba Walker and a few others will be the favorites. But TT will be in the conversation.
More after the jump.
Tony needs to put weight on to have an impact as a freshman but again, he's been proving Nay sayers wrong his whole life. Over the past 4 years since head coach Tim Philp, a friend and class of 1995 grad of Archbishop Stepinac (I graduated in 1994 after playing 4 years) we have tried to restore a once proud basketball program. Our first order of business was to hang up all the D-1 jerseys in the gym as the school. We've had about 35 players play at major D-1 programs. When I recently asked Tony what it meant to him that his GW jersey would hang on the wall he said simply "It's awesome, but coach I'm trying to get another jersey up there too. There's not many NBA jerseys"

That's Tony.

Great kid. 90 plus average in the class room and a coach's dream.
Obviously it's in Mr. Dee's best interest to say good things, but I like what I'm hearing - good grades, learns a lot about the game, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing him at GW.

Previously on Colonial Hoops:

-It's Official, Tony Taylor Signs with GW
-New Commitment: Tony Taylor
-Updated Scholarship Situation

Photo by Tom Nycz / The Journal News (Lower Hudson Valley)