The Wellborn basketball star has led the team at point guard, even though he didn’t join the program until last season and wasn’t on the varsity until this winter. He has shown he has caught on quick, including Tuesday when he had 24 points against second-seeded Anniston in the Calhoun County Tournament.
Taylor also plays football, and this past season, he answered the call at defensive back when Wellborn coach Jeff Smith told Taylor he needed someone to step up and be a leader.
Taylor wrestled for Wellborn from seventh grade to 10th, including for the 2012 Class 1A-4A state championship team.
Away from the field and court, Taylor enjoys singing, notably “any song that comes on the radio.” He added that his favorite song at the moment is “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake.
However, Taylor said his favorite hobby is hitting the books, adding that his parents say anyone can play sports but not everyone has an education.
The senior plans to attend either Jacksonville State or Gadsden State in the fall and major in business marketing.
On Tuesday, Taylor took a few minutes after Wellborn’s basketball game against Anniston to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and face 10 questions.
Question: What’s your favorite thing about basketball?
Answer: My favorite thing is being able to enjoy it with my friends. They say high school is when you make the most friends, and I’ve come along to make a lot of great friends with good-character kids, as well as myself. That’s probably the most enjoyable thing about it.
Q: Do you prefer football or basketball?
A: That’s a tough one, but I’m going to say football. There’s something about those Friday nights when you’re standing on the field in front of the crowd. The lights are on, the crowds is roaring up there. It’s a big stadium and a whole bunch of support.
Q: Who’s the funniest person on the team?
A: My best friend, Ricko (English). We’ve got a lot of history together, starting in sixth grade. I convinced him to come out since it’s our last year of basketball. And when I’m down, even on my worst days, I can always depend on my friend Ricko.
Q: What’s been the best part of your senior year so far?
A: The best part I’d have to say is being able to live to see it. I lost my friend Tootie when I was 16 years old, and he was halfway through his senior year. It was a heart-touching loss, and not everyone is blessed to see their senior year. Some people aren’t even blessed enough to see the first day out of the womb. I just thank God every day to allow me another day to live.
Q: What’s been your best game this year?
A: Pleasant Valley. It was midway through the season on the road. It was the first complete game of the season we played. I felt like we were doing the fundamentals, pushing the tempo, we were playing hard and executing what coach teaches us at practice. That night we just clicked and won 59-48.
Q: What’s your favorite subject?
A: Math. The reason I say that is because a lot of people say you don’t need math, but I think you need it to be good in business. I may not be the smartest kid in math, but in order to run a successful business you have to know to manage money, accounts and the other stuff that comes with it.
Q: What’s the best thing about the Calhoun County Tournament?
A: The best thing is being able to play at JSU. It’s a place you can come let off your talents and show everyone that just because I go to a 2A school doesn’t mean I can’t run with the big dogs. We did lose (Tuesday night) and I’m a little disappointed from it, but I feel like our team put forth a lot of effort and we didn’t give up. That shows me we have a team full of a lot of heart.”
Q: What’s something that not many people know about you?
A: I’m mind-strong. What I mean by that is through all circumstances I’m able to keep my mind off what’s going on in my personal life. No matter what’s going on, I feel like not everybody needs to know. Sometimes I may show it, but I don’t need to tell it. But when I do, this team is my family away from my family.
Q: Who’s your biggest inspiration?
A: My uncle, Terry Williams. I’ve never been so inspired by a man that’s never quit in my life. I don’t care what it is – a job, working, working out, arm wrestling, thumb wresting – he’s going to give it his best. He always told me that anybody can give up, but not everyone can fight when it gets tough. He’s been an inspiration all my life and he’s been there for me. That’s the biggest role model you could ever have around you.
Q: You wear No. 1 in basketball and No. 21 in football. Is there reasons for those numbers?
A: Well, 21 is my favorite number. This sounds crazy, but when we got our tight jerseys and I put the 21 on, I felt like I was going to break out. I just felt lucky wearing that jersey. No. 1 is because 2 is a not a winner and 3 nobody remembers.