Jack Taylor 6’4 165 2021 George C Marshall HS, VA / NOVA 94 Orange
Jack is an athletic, high motor, multi-positional player who impacts the game on both ends of the floor. He has good size and quickness, powerful leaping ability and a lot of variety to his offensive game. I saw him in an AAU event a couple of weeks ago, it was late in the game when I walked in to see him hit a three-pointer, get to the rim a few times and to the free throw line and score, rebound and block a few shots and play with a sense of urgency. He led his team from behind and I thought the tremendous effort I was watching was out of desperation! Turns out he hit five three-pointers in that game and finished with a double/double. As I watched him again and then looked at some highlight material I came to realize that’s his game! He plays with that same intensity from opening tap to final buzzer! He hits threes; he uses his length and long strides to attack the basket but also pounds defenders with a strong upper body. He uses his length as a playmaker to pass over the top of smaller guards. He uses crossovers, behind the back dribble moves and gets to the rim or backs defenders off using contact or a step back dribble move and buries the jumper off the bounce. He really can do it all!! Jack is a smart offensive player, sees the floor well and is a very good passer. He thrives in the mid-range either using his very polished pull-up jumper or sprinting off screens for catch and shoot opportunities. Jack makes excellent reads and quick, decisive cuts to get open. Uses backdoors cutting to the rim where he finishes with authority, on the defensive end he brings that same intensity and versatility. Jack uses his length and strong frame and leaping ability as a very good rebounder but also has excellent footwork and good quickness defending opposing guards. His motor and anticipation as a help defender makes him a threat in passing lanes. Jack earned 1st Team All-National District Honors while helping lead George Marshall High School to a District title back in February. Jack’s shot-making skills were on full display in a late January 2019 game in which he scored a season-high 31 points against Falls Church HS. His successes go well beyond the basketball court and into the classroom where Jack is a high academic achiever and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. The young man is a winner in all he does and you can be certain a lot of college coaches will be watching him throughout the summer. Look for his stock to skyrocket!