Taylor eager to join the Runnin’ Utes

Utah’s newest signee Brandon Taylor, a 5-foot-10 point guard out of Pacific Hills High School in West Hollywood, Calif., acknowledged it’s “a big deal” to be able to play for the same school as one of his role models.
Taylor grew up playing basketball at the Pan Pacific Recreation Complex in Los Angeles, where former Ute star Jerry Chambers oversaw things. Chambers was the Most Outstanding Player in the 1966 NCAA Final Four.
“I think so highly of Jerry,” said Taylor, who is well aware of Chambers’ accomplishments.
Taylor already has some accolades of his own. He was named CIF Division 4 Player of the Year after averaging 19.8 points and 7.5 assists as a senior. Taylor also earned MVP honors in the Alpha League, National Prep Classic and Torrey Pines Tournament.
“Brandon has a really good feel for the game of basketball,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in announcing Taylor’s signing on Wednesday. “He is a tremendous shooter and a natural leader. He’s a great floor general, with the ability to score and distribute the basketball. Brandon’s teammates flock to him and love to play with him, and if there is one person on the floor who you want to have that quality, it’s your point guard.”
Taylor is enrolling at Utah soon and will play for the Utes on a foreign tour this summer. The Southern California prep star is also eager to his college ball in the Pac-12.
“It’s amazing,” Taylor said. “I always wanted to go to school out of state and Utah was just the place for me. Utah was that place.”
Helping the Utes turn things around after a 6-25 season is a challenge Taylor is eager to attack. He’s “excited and anxious” to see what he can bring to the table.
“I look forward to this team making a 180 turn,” Taylor said. “I look forward to coming to a situation where I can definitely help rebuild the Utah team.”

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