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 of the team's 32 games while finishing first on the team in blocked shots (40) and field goal shooting at 61.3 percent (38-of-62) ... over the final 10 games, 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 win over North Florida ... had 10 points and six rebounds in win over Arkansas, knocking down 5-of-5 shots from the floor in 18 minutes of action ... logged season-high 30 minutes while collecting eight rebounds in loss at Missouri ... earned first career start against Texas Tech and led the team with four blocks, adding six rebounds, four points and a 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 ... 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 Erwin Dudley, the 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year ... majoring in criminal justice.