The excitement kicked off with our gymnastics team beating Florida on Friday night in a down-to-the-wire contest that ultimately required our two seniors, Diandra Milliner and Kim Jacob, each scoring 9.85 in the final event of the evening to bring home the victory.
Started 18 games and played in all 32 contests as a true freshman ... one of only three players to have played in every game during the season (Rodney Cooper & Trevor Releford) ... was first on the team with 40 blocked shots and field goal percentage at 61.3 percent (38-of-62) ... collected season-highs in scoring (12) and rebounding (9) in the win over North Florida (12/4) ... had 10 points and six rebounds, knocking down 5-of-5 shots from the floor in 18 minutes of action in the win over Arkansas (3/8) ... played for a season-high 30 minutes while collecting eight rebounds in the loss at Missouri (1/18) ... earned his first career start against Texas Tech (11/14) and led the team with four blocks while also grabbing six rebounds, scoring four points, and collecting one steal.
Rated in the ESPN Top 100 as the No. 9 player at his position, No. 17 in the region and No. 69 overall recruit ... the No. 1-rated prospect in the state of Alabama and listed among the Boys Super 5 and first team all-state following his senior season according to AL.com ... averaged 13 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a senior ... named the Regional MVP by the Alabama High School Athletic Association ... tabbed the Tuscaloosa All-Metro Player of the Year in 2013 ... participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game ... nominated as a 2013 McDonald's All-American ... led Greensboro high school to the 2011 Alabama 3A State Championship ... was named the tournament MVP during his squad's championship title run ... was selected to The Tuscaloosa News Boys Super 5 in 2011 ... named to the 2011-2012 USA Developmental National Team.
Born on September 3, 1995 ... son of Juanita and Jimmie Taylor ... has one brother, Kendrick Fuqua, and two sisters, Aisha Starks and Marcie Starks ... member of his school's honor roll throughout high school ... his sister Aisha is in the U.S. Army ... cousin of former Tide standout and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year (2002) Erwin Dudley.