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Marcus Taylor
Marcus Taylor

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Lansing, Mich.

High School:
Waverly

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 195

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
11/25/1981


Poised for a breakout season after a solid freshman campaign ... Will be a full-time starter this year after splitting time as a starter and reserve as a freshman ... Combines excellent ball-handling skills with a deadly jump shot ... Member of the 2001 USA Young Men?s World Championship Team, averaging 5.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds and winning a gold medal.

2000-01: Appeared in 30 contests, starting nine Big Ten games ... Second on the team with 107 assists ... 3.57 assists per game ranked 10th in the Big Ten, second among freshmen ... Assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.75 ranked eighth in the Big Ten ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in conference games with 3.56 assists per contest ... 1.73 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten games ranked seventh in the conference ... Tied for third on the team with 19 made three-point field-goals ... Averaged 23.4 minutes per game in Big Ten contests, fourth most on the team ... Scored in double figures in nine games, including a season-best 16 points in his Spartan debut vs. Oakland (11/19), also registering five assists ... 16 points vs. Oakland were the second most ever by a Spartan freshman in his debut ... Tallied 10 points vs. Illinois-Chicago (12/2) ... Dished out seven assists and scored 15 points in 28 minutes vs. Florida (12/6) ... Just missed a double-double vs. Loyola (12/9) with 15 points and a season-high nine assists ... Missed games against Seton Hall (12/19), Bowling Green (12/27) and Wright State (12/30) after suffering a broken right ring finger vs. Kentucky (12/16) ... Scored 11 points vs. Penn State (1/3) in his first game back from injury ... Earned his first career start vs. Northwestern (1/10), scoring four points and handing out seven assists while committing just one turnover ... Played a season-best 31 minutes in overtime contest vs. Wisconsin (1/13), collecting six points and six assists ... Twice grabbed a season-best five rebounds in games against Ohio State (1/21) and Illinois (2/6) ... Scored in double figures in three straight games vs. Purdue (10 points; 2/4), Illinois (11 pts.; 2/6) and Minnesota (11 pts.; 2/10) ... Impressive eight-assist, eight-point performance vs. Iowa (2/18), committing just one turnover ... Scored 11 points vs. Fresno State (3/18) in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament ... Registered six points and five assists vs. Gonzaga (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament?s Sweet Sixteen ... Scored eight points vs. Arizona (3/31) in the NCAA Final Four.

HIGH SCHOOL: State of Michigan?s Mr. Basketball in 2000 ... Led Waverly High School to Michigan Class A state title, collecting 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a 75-63 win over Detroit Pershing in the championship game ... Participated in the 2000 McDonald?s All-American game, scoring 14 points and recording six rebounds and three assists ... 2000 Parade Magazine All-American ... Gatorade Circle of Champions and USA Today 2000 Michigan Player of the Year ... 2000 USA Today First-Team All-American ... Three-time Associated Press All-State selection ... Three-time Lansing State Journal Player of the Year and Dream Team member ... Three-time Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Team member ... 2000 Rivals100Hoops.com All-America First-Team selection ... Averaged 26.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 5.4 apg as a senior ... One of 16 finalists for the 2000 World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team ... Member of the 2000 USA Basketball Men?s Junior Select National Team, recording 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal as Team USA edged an International Select Team, 98-97, in the sixth annual Nike Hoop Summit ... Finished high school career with 2,448 points, breaking Magic Johnson?s Lansing city record for all-time prep career points and ranking first among all-time Michigan Class A prep players ... Scored 24 points, including hitting on 4-of-5 three-point field goal attempts in the 2000 Nike Derby Festival Classic ... Rated the No. 8 player by Dave Telep?s Rivals100Hoops.com from the high school class of 2000 ... Named honorable mention Michigan Player of the Year by USA Today in 1998 and 1999 ... Ranks fourth among all-time Michigan prep players in rebounds (704), third for assists (580) and first for free throws made (493) ... Led Waverly to three consecutive Capital Area Conference championships, winning three conference MVP awards ... Two-time MVP of Nike All-America Camp, the only player to win MVP honors twice ... Averaged 30.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 6.0 apg as a junior ... 1998 USA Basketball Men?s Youth Development Festival North Team member, averaging a team-leading 18.0 ppg, a team-leading 4.6 apg, 2.8 rpg and 1.2 spg ... Listed as the top sophomore in 1997-98 by Athlon, averaging 24.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 5.0 apg ... Named one of the nation?s top six freshmen by USA Today following the 1996-97 season ... Averaged 25.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 6.0 apg over his four-year prep career.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 25, 1981 ... Son of James and Kay Taylor ... No-preference major.

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