Former Black River Falls High School All-State boys basketball player Jack Taylor has given a verbal commitment to play for UW-La Crosse beginning next season, Eagles coach Ken Koelbl announced Wednesday.
Taylor, a 5-foot-10 guard, played for Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy, a college prep school, last winter.
Koelbl said he's had Taylor on his recruiting list since the beginning of Taylor's junior year, when he saw him play against current Eagles forward Jordan Rumpel of Arcadia.
"What I like about him is he's a very compete player," Koelbl said. "He's well-known for his scoring, he put up big numbers in high school. What might be overlooked is his ability to set up teammates. And I like the fact that he's passionate about basketball. He spends a lot of time working on his game, and guys like that can really flourish at the college level."
Taylor is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in January playing for Mercersburg. Taylor suffered tears of his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee. The injuries required surgery and ended his season.
"That'll be the question," Koelbl said. "But knowing him and the way he works, I wouldn't bet against him."
Taylor averaged 20.4 points and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range as a senior at Black River Falls in 2008-09. He was named to the WBCA Division 2 North All-Star team.
Taylor was AP All-State honorable mention and WBCA Division 2 All-State first team as both a junior and senior. He finished his career with 1,295 points.