James Taylor Jr.”Junior”
School: Pleasure Ridge Park High School Louisville, KY
High School Coach: Larry Kihnley (502) 554-2579
Measurements; 6’0″; 165 lbs.
Contact Information: James Taylor “Junior” (502) 876-1595
G.P.A. 3.8 ACT 23 Full Qualifier
2019-2020: Through 23 games: 13.5PPG, 35%FG 24%3PFG 63%FT 5RPG
Pure Prospects Prospect Evaluation:
A true point guard biggest attribute is the ability to see and make the right play using their high game IQ to facilitate and find teammates for easy or open buckets. Taylor creates space by breaking down defenders using his speed, athleticism, and court awareness. Taylor can also score the ball once he gets by his primary defender with a mid range pull up or a drive to the bucket using various mid air moves to at the rim. He is very efficient and has the knack and knowledge to know the difference in taking good/ bad shots. Taylor uses high level ball handling skills, vision, and anticipation to find open teammates in the halfcourt or in transition. Taylor on the other side of the ball is an excellent on ball defender with his lengthy arms, foot speed, agility, and a motor that allows him to stay engaged on the defensive end. Taylor needs to continue working on his shot soo he can be more confident taking in those situations. Overall, Taylor is a true point guard whom is a unselfish winner that plays at 100% and takes no plays off.
PRP Head Coach Larry Kihnley With His Words About his senior point guard James Taylor Jr.
James is a great kid to coach. His knowledge of the game and competitiveness make him easy to coach. Off the court he is always respectful and very funny, so he is well liked by coaches and teachers a like at PRP.
James’ greatest strengths are his passing ability, and the way he elevates the players around him.
James has brought a lot to our program, and has had to play two different styles in his two seasons with us. His first season we played more half court and his role was to distribute. This season we play faster and he has been asked to not only share the ball but score, and he has been excellent in both roles.
James’ motor is always on high. He brings it everyday, which helps elevate the kids around him.
He is definitely being overlooked. We have had eleven D-I level point guards since I have been at PRP. James ranks at the top of that list. I’m amazed with the way coaches want an extension of themselves on the floor, that they are not lining up for him.
James size would only help him against a bigger guard. He is so tenacious on both ends, plus what he does best, pass and make players better would not be effected.
I personally want a point guard. Someone who makes players better. Look at all great teams, they have a great lead guard.
I would not trade James for any player in the state. What he has done for our team this season is amazing. He has taken a group of inexperienced players and turn our program into a top 25 team. Not many kids can do that.
Senior Year 2019-20:
Louisville Invitation Tournament: 20 pts, 6 asts, 6 rbs, 4 stls. (tourney avgs) 2020 All-Tournament Selection.
Campbellsville Holiday Classic – 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assist, 4 steals. (tourney avgs.) 2019 All-Tournament Selection.
Century Mortgage Derby City Jam – 17 pts, 8 rbs, 9 asts, 6 stls. (tourney avgs) 2019 All-Tournament Selection.
Posted first career triple double against Kentucky’s #1 team in their building – 15 points, 14 assist, 10 steals
Junior Season 2018-19: All Region Team Selection, All District Team Selection.
Sophomore Season 2017-18: All -7th Region, All 7th Region All-Tournament Team, All 7th Region Catholic Team, All District & Ranked Top 5 in KY 2020.
Freshman Season 2016-17: All -7th Region, All 7th Region All-Tournament Team, All 7th Region Catholic Team. Ranked Top 5 in KY 2020.
Taylor is a winner and to back it up he has won an average 23 games every year in his high school career. Has scored over 1000 Points with over 700 assists and counting while starting at point guard in Louisville.
AAU-National Competition – AAU Taylor Made All Stars 3rdgrade to 7th grade Buckeye Prep selected him one of the Top Players during a session of NYBL TMAS vs Oakland Soldiers who was ranked the #1 2020 team in USA and represented by the Nation’s #1 ranked player, SHEMAR MORROW – SG CALIFORNIA 6’2, #2 ranked player, KYREE WALKER – W/F CALIFORNIA 6’3 – OAKLAND SOLDIERS and future KENTUCKY SIGNEE, DEVIN ASKEW – SG CALIFORNIA 6’6″. In that game vs OAKLAND SOLDIERS, Taylor scored 26 points leading TMAS to a big Win!
More Awards & Recognizements: SE top 5 camper, Blue Chip Camp – All Star team selection every year he attended 4th – 7th grade, King James Shooting Stars AAU starting point guard on Nike Circuit, CP3 Top 100-Camp invite only – With only two players from Kentucky were invited including Taylor and North Oldham SG Justin Powell the only Kentucky Player in the 2020 class in the ESPN Top 100 Rankings and Auburn commit.
Hoop Dreams AAU – started PG and played 2018, and also started on 2019 & 2020 teams. Hoop Dreams 2019 lost in Quarter-Finals AAU-Nationals. 2020 team selection to All Tournament Team, Top 100 Super Freshman Camp Invite and Super Soph Camp invite both in Atlanta, GA.
in 2018, RIVALS AAU team were he posted triple doubles in just about every tournament, playing in the class of 2020 and winning several and split his time also playing up in tournaments with The Ville 2019 AAU Adidas Gauntlet team. This past summer, he played for Kentucky Elite – KY State Runner-Up team 2019. When college recruiters say to me, “Playing high level college basketball is like playing AAU at a high level,” this defines James Taylor and his career playing AAU!
RANKINGS: KY Preseason Ranking: #23 Overall (KY) Top 3 PG
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