Coach Taylor and AVC Team Get Some Early Love

Posted: June 24, 2014 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2014-15, Coaches, Recruitment

The Antelope Valley College coaching staff is hard at work putting together another a really special team.  Can you say State Champ?  This is not going unnoticed! The Signal the Light Basketball website posted the following article.  PG- Ismail Ali, G- Lawrence White, F- Tajee Shaw, F-Ryan Wright are mentioned in the article.

John Taylor Speaks Marauder Basketball

Posted on June 23, 2014 by admin

John TaylorAfter winning the Western State conference championship and posting 27 wins, most coaches would be in the rebuild mode. When it comes to Antelope Valley, it is about setting a high bar and moving forward should not be a problem. Coach John Taylor has been a successful centerpiece at Antelope Valley. After being successful coaching the Marauder women, Taylor made a smooth transition in his second season with the men. “Women are more rounded and appreciative,” said Taylor who coached the Marauder women to six conference titles, two trips to the Elite 8, conference coach of the year 3 times, and a California Coach of the year award in 2005. “The men are very competitive,” Taylor added. Taylor is one of the four coaches in California community college basketball history to lead a women’s and a men’s team into the final four. When it has come to recruiting and replacing players, he has set a high standard at AVC as well. “If you are afraid of competition, do not come here,” said Taylor. He added that success and recruiting is helpful when the chemistry is good. Coach Taylor also takes pride in the fact that he has placed 90% of his players in the past two seasons to four year colleges/universities. “The players must put work in, and it is a daily grind to get to the four year level.” One of the many Marauder that have followed the grind is, “6-1″ point guard Ismail Ali. “Ali is a stud, he is a players coach and works daily,” expressed Taylor. Ali is one of the best point guards in the state. In his freshman season he averaged a solid 9.5 points along with his 4.8 assist for the 27 win team a year ago. Taylor also expects big things from “6-3″ guard Lawrence White, “6-5″ Tajee Shaw, and Ryan Wright as well. With 8 players expected back, Coach John Taylor and the Marauders should have another successful campaign for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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