Ryan Taylor has made it clear he wants to play at Louisville despite the lack of interest publiclly shown by Louisville and Rick Pitino. Now after an impressive showing in two games for the Kentucky All-Stars versus the Indiana All-Stars, Louisville may not even get the player who once yearned to wear the black and red.
According to Jeff Goodman of cbssports.com, Taylor will be making a unoffical visit to Lawrence, Kansas to meet with head coach Bill Self. According to Taylor’s high school coach at Louisville Western High School (who is also his uncle) Paul Handley, Self has already offered the 6’6 Taylor a scholarship on Monday. Handley also says the Ryan does have offers on the table from West Virginia, Indiana and South Carolina.
Despite all this though two things seem to remain. 1) Ryan wants to be a Louisville Cardinal and has made no secret about it publicly and 2) None of this matters unless he (Taylor) doesn’t get a high enough score on his most recent SAT test to qualify to be eligible next season. A score he should know the results of this week.
Taylor has said if he does not make the grades to play this upcoming season that he planned to attend Hargrave Military Academy next year and then planned to join Louisville’s roster as part of the 2012 class.
The most important question on the table though in this entire drama is “Does Louisville and Rick Pitino even really want Taylor nearly as much as he wants them?”
Louisville has made moves in the roster to make room for late incoming players such as 2011 recruit Kevin Ware and are facing a full roster for the upcoming season with very few adjustments left to make room for Taylor.
Could this recent unofficial visit to Kansas be a ploy on the half of Ryan Taylor’s camp to raise the interest in Pitino’s eyes to push him towards getting him on the roster? Despite Handley stating that Indiana offered Taylor a scholarship. Several reports out of Bloomington have said that IU does have possible interest in Taylor but to this point have offered no such scholarship.
Taylor is listed as a 6’6 205 pound small forward. He is a 3-star recruit according to scout.com.
I have seen Taylor in person play numerous times this season and as a Louisville fan myself I think he would definitely benefit from going to a school like Hargrave Military Academy for a season. He is not an impact player in the next couple seasons and honestly I laughed when I saw that Kansas was wanting him. He brought me back to the days when North Carolina was “supposedly” interested in local big man Jared Carter. The Tar Heels interest was influential in pushing then UK coach Tubby Smith to offering him a scholarship and well I think everyone knows how that movie ended.
Taylor is not Carter for starters. For one Taylor isn’t 7’o feet tall. As a Louisville fan I love the fact that Ryan wants to be a Cardinal this much. Whether he would even get off the bench ever or not how can you pass on a player who is showing that much desire to play here?
Hopefully all these questions will finally be answered as the Saga of Ryan Taylor comes to an end this summer.