The Green Bay Phoenix have filled one of their two recently opened scholarships.
Damontae Taylor, a 6’5″ guard from Zion, Illinois, has committed to Green Bay according to Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
A long and lanky guard, Taylor averaged 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this past season as a senior at Zion-Benton High School and helped the Zee-Bees to a 21-11 overall record. He boasts explosive athleticism and is capable of highlight reel dunks plus is a solid defensive player thanks to his length.
“I can do everything: score, defend, get my teammates going,” Taylor told the Chicago Tribune back in January. “I’m really good at going to the hole and good at drawing two people to me.”
His offensive game should be a natural fit for Green Bay’s up-tempo style. Defensively, the Phoenix often rely heavily on guards for rebounding so his length should be an asset in that regard and a year in a college weight training program will help to add some bulk to his frame.
“I consider him to be elite as a defender,” his high school coach Bob Worthington told the Tribune. “Anywhere he will go will be transition-based. He’ll be great in the open floor no matter where he goes. He’ll be a good player at the 1, 2 or 3.”
Despite the NCAA extending the recruiting dead period until May 31st due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor will be able to make his commitment official when the signing period re-opens on April 15. He will likely fill the void left behind due to the transfer of 6’3″ guard Hunter Crist who will join Binghamton as a graduate transfer next season.
Green Bay still has one scholarship available for the 2020 recruiting class after Trevian Bell announced his decision to transfer last week. The Phoenix have extended scholarship offers to several prospects including 6’7″ forward Terrence Thompson from La Crosse Central.