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Jacquil Taylor: Proving his worth

Last summer, Jacquil Taylor was a rising sophomore with a lean body that he wasn’t afraid to throw around in the lane. The secret was, that he wasn’t nearly done growing or developing.

Now a rising junior, Taylor  has completely reshaped his body, hitting the weight room and transforming his game from being primarily under the basket to now stepping out and hitting the mid-range.

Jacquil started his high school career playing at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, where he helped lead his team to a successful season.  Maurice Taylor Sr. decided to transfer him into Beaver Country Day School after his sophomore year.

“He did not decide it was fatherly decision I felt he was not where he needed to be academically so I made the decision to move him to Beaver. If it was his decision he would have stayed at Rindge & Latin” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

The move to reclassify Taylor has paid off, who now holds offers from Maryland, UMASS, Siena, Iona, NC A&T, LaSalle, Temple, St. Bonaventure, and St. Joseph’s.

Taylor has a lot of great aspects to his game, defensively he is superior , blocking shots in and out of his area, running the floor for easy transition buckets.  His footwork has improved considerably, and passes really well out of the post.

We spoke to Maurice Taylor Sr. to clear all the speculation about Jacquil Taylor and Maurice Taylor Jr. stating that they wanted to attend college together.

“I Did not know it was a rumor but yes the boys have expressed a desire to play together.  The boys are extremely close despite what people think the boys have a mind of their own and want to play together for as long as possible and what is wrong with that,  I wish I could have played alongside my brothers.  As a father you do your best to support your children’s dreams” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

look for Jacquil Taylor to attract more college coaches to the Chestnut Hill School, once made famous by the legendary Wayne Turner.  As a star point guard for the University of Kentucky’s Wildcats during a four-year period in which they won two national titles (1996 and 1998) and lost in the championship game once (1997).

 He set the NCAA record for games played (which has since broken) with 151 games in his four-year Kentucky Wildcats career.

 

As you see in our video, we knew he was on his way to breaking out.

 

 


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Jordan Laguerre “Learning From Experience”

When selecting an elite player one would look for someone to be tall, strong looking as well as geographically located in a big city.  That’s where one would lose out if you didn’t check under every rock in every city, tucked away in Manchester, NH there was a kid by the name of Jordan Laguerre.

Playing with the Rivals on the AAU circuit Jordan had opposing defenders checking the book after the games to see who number 20 was.  College coaches all took notice and started to follow Jordan and the Rivals, things started to look good as Jordan started to become a household name.

Jordan is described as 6’1” combo guard with lighting speed, and athletic abilities to touch the top of the square on the backboard.  One NESPAC coach “ He is a warrior he will lead his team to wins, high major programs went to sleep while recruiting him.

Jordan went on to star at New Hampton School, and played his way into a scholarship with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  We sat down with Jordan in the mist of his freshmen year at Umass.

Why did you choose UMass coming out of  HS?

“I chose Umass because it was just the right fit for me. There style of play, the coaches were great, its close to home, my teammates are great and it just felt like the right place for me.”

You are from NH, people tend to think NH doesn’t have much ballers let our readers know how about the talent in NH?

“Undoubtedly NH is going to get slack for not having the toughest players, but NH ball players are definitely on the rise.  Don’t underestimate just from the name of the place.”

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“My strengths are definitely my explosiveness, my left hand, how hard I work, and how I never give up as well as being vocal.  My weaknesses are my right hand (which is currently getting better) and decision making at times.”

How did New Hampton help you develop on and off the court?

“New Hampton was just a great place to be at in general. The coaching staff, namely Peter Hutchins taught me so much on the court, on how to become a better basketball player and he also taught me allot off the court on how to be a respectable human being.  Our assistant coach Freddy Petkus was also always there guiding me in the right direction. They had us in the gym everyday working hard, I don’t remember ever fooling around or taking days off.”

Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?

“Prep school isn’t for everyone, I believe it depends on the kids situation but prep school is definitely an amazing place and can help kids in allot of ways. Whether it’s academically, sports wise, or just meeting new people from all over the world prep school is amazing.”

How did AAU Change your life?

“AAU was an amazing experience for the few years that I did play, it gave me the chance to travel and see places that I never thought I would see.  And also gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents in front of some big time college coaches.  I want thank my AAU coach Vin Pastore for helping me out with everything throughout the years, and for being tough on me like no one has ever been before.”

Tell the readers about Jordan off the court?

“I’m definitely a low key type of guy, I love to listen to music, I like drawing, hanging out with my friends, I’m a jokester but know how to be serious when I need to be, and I’m just a very kind guy that doesn’t dislike anybody.

Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“I would say I tried and still try to pattern my game off of Dwayne Wade. Unfortunately I’m not as tall as him but I still try to imitate a few of his moves and his swagger.  But other than that I try to just be myself and try to bring my own swag to the game of basketball.”

Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Honest”

What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“Traveling and hanging out with my teammates.”

How was it playing for the Rivals?

“Playing for the Rivals was great, the coaching staff was great, they were always hard on us but it was for the best.  And we were all just like a big family, most of my teammates I will always be friends with.”

What advice would you give to the next generation about choosing the right college?

“I would say be patient, don’t rush things, make sure you actually want to go to that school not just because of one reason, find many reasons why that school is right for you. And last of all make sure you’re with good people.”