Basketball Recruiting - Introducing junior wing Lucas Taylor
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Introducing junior wing Lucas Taylor

Lucas Taylor
Lucas Taylor

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at several under-the-radar prospects that were primed to use the travel circuit to boost their recruiting stock this summer. Now, with grassroots basketball on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, these prospects may not get the exposure in the coming months as they would have otherwise.

Today, we take a look at Lucas Taylor.

WHO IS HE?

Taylor is good sized shooting guard at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage who checks in at 6-foot-6.

As a junior he averaged nearly 22 points and six points a per game while earning first team All-Conference and first team All-District honors. During the summer, he runs with the highly successful Garner Road program on the Adidas circuit.

"What I do well I score on all three levels, can get to the hoop, mid range and hit 3s from range," Taylor told Rivals.com. "The biggest thing I want to work on is getting my handle super tight to where it's on the level of a point guard giving me more versatility.

RECRUITING SNAPSHOT

Taylor just picked up his first high major scholarship when Jerry Stackhouse and Vanderbilt offered him over the weekend.

Additionally, Taylor holds offers from East Carolina, Hofstra, Holy Cross, North Carolina A&T, Richmond and Wofford. Others like Charlotte, Davidson, Georgetown, Georgia State, Liberty, N.C. State, Providence, VCU, Virginia, Virginia Tech and more have been showing interest.

Taylor has taken an official visit to Liberty and seen Charlotte, Davidson, East Carolina, Georgetown, N.C. State and Virginia unofficially.

WHY I LIKE HIM

I had the opportunity to see Taylor play during the winter and I was impressed by his size, long and lean frame and functional athleticism. He also looked to be a good shooter with some versatility and feel for the game.

Diving into some film, he showed some sneaky ability off of the bounce along with patience and feel for decision making on the offensive end. He's got a great frame to grow into, is generally aware on the defensive end and I feel his shooting, size and IQ would have attracted quite a bit more attention than he's already getting had coaches been able to watch during April.