Everything seemed to be going well in Jack Taylor’s world.
He had adapted to prep school at Pennsylvania’s Mercersburg Academy well and was having a pretty big basketball season.
He was doing just what was necessary in order to secure the NCAA Division I scholarship he’s been chasing since he was a student at Black River Falls High School.
But a knee injury has brought Taylor’s progress to an end for now.
The former AP All-State performer and All-Tribune first-teamer met with a specialist last week in Green Bay to determine a plan of action after recently tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee.
“I just came down on a jump-stop,” Taylor said. “I didn’t plant weird or get hit. It was just a jump-stop, and I felt my kneecap twist.”
He was averaging around 14 points and seven assists at Mercersburg before the injury, which was in the ninth game of the season.
A healthy return, he said, still has him in the running to continue his basketball career at Division II Augustana in South Dakota or Division III UW-La Crosse or Grinnell College in Iowa.
Taylor said his meeting with Dr. Patrick McKenzie, who is the team physician for the Green Bay Packers, will inform him on where to go from here.
“He hasn’t seen my MRIs yet,” Taylor said. “He’ll look at that and check the swelling in my knee, and we’ll probably get surgery scheduled within the next couple of weeks.”
Taylor averaged 20.4 points and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the 3-point line for the Tigers, who were 16-6, as a senior.