Former Chipola Indian
Performs for NBA Executives
Chipola Men’s Hoops Online
The NBA Pre-Draft Camp kicked off yesterday outside of Orlando, Florida
at Disney’s World Wide of Sports Complex. Every NBA team was in
attendance, including a number of very high-profile faces, such as
Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, Scott Skiles, Patrick Ewing,
and Steve Kerr just to know a few.
This is basketball’s version of a meat
market – drills and scrimmages being conducted on three courts
chaotically at the same time simultaneously with 65 players of all
shapes, colors, and sizes, differentiated by numbers, only trying to
stand out in any way possible.
Former Chipola Indian and D-League product
Mike Taylor, a 6’2 combo guard with freakish athleticism and terrific
scoring instincts, stood out after the first day after leading all
individuals in scoring with 17 points in the first game. Taylor was able
to get to the basket at will, made several nice plays by pulling up from
mid-range, finished with a nifty floater, and hit one of his signature 3
pointer (something scouts will be scrutinizing closely). According to
those in attendance, Taylor clearly looks like an undersized shooting
guard, but might just have the physical tools, scoring ability and
overall ability to overcome that and turn into a point guard.
Coach Greg Heiar, who was also in
attendance said, “I’m very proud of how hard Mike has worked, his
determination and will to never give up. It has finally paid off for
him. He has learned from his mistakes and it’s great to watch him
performing so well here at the NBA Draft Camp in Orlando. “
Mike Taylor is the second Chipola player in
five years to be invited to the invitational-only NBA Pre-Draft Camp in
Orlando, Florida. Mario Boggan was the first.
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