Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll ... named team’s Most Improved Player … started all 34 games … led the Tide with 59 blocks, the most in a season since JaMychal Green recorded 70 in 2010-11 … shot 60.2 percent from the field to lead the team … finished third in rebounding with 4.9 per game … recorded three or more blocks in a team-leading eight games and led in blocks a team-high 21 times … set a career high with seven blocks against Appalachian State (12/21) … finished SEC play shooting 70.4 percent from the field … recorded first career double-double against Western Carolina (11/17) with 15 points and 10 rebounds … put up 13 points and matched his career-high with 11 rebounds against Ole Miss (3/3) for his second double-double of the year … secured 11 rebounds against USF (12/2) … scored 13 points while going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field at Tennessee (1/10) … blocked six shots against Auburn (1/24), all in the first half.
Started 18 of the team’s 32 games and is first on the team in blocked shots (40) and field goal percentage at 61.3 percent (38-of-62) ... over the last ten games of the season, he averaged 5.4 points and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (22-of-33) ... 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 (2/5) ... 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 nation’s No. 9 player at his position, No. 17 in the region and No. 69 overall recruit ... AL.com’s No. 1-rated prospect in Alabama and listed among the Boys Super 5 and first team all-state following his senior season ... 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 2013 Tuscaloosa All-Metro Player of the Year ... participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game ... led Greensboro High School to the 2011 Alabama 3A state title ... named tournament MVP during championship title run … selected to Tuscaloosa News Boys Super 5 in 2011 … named to 2011-2012 USA Developmental National Team.
Born Sept. 3, 1995 in Eutaw, Ala. … son of Juanita and Jimmie Taylor … has a brother, Kendrick Fuqua, and two sisters, Aisha Starks and Marcie Starks … member of honor roll throughout high school … his sister Aisha is enlisted in the U.S. Army … cousin of former Alabama basketball standout and 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Erwin Dudley… majoring in criminal justice.