Florida, others eye Orlando Boone PG

While many would consider Orlando Boone High School junior point guard B.J. Taylor an under-the-radar recruit, his list of schools interested would suggest otherwise.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound class of 2014 guard has received interest from Indiana, Cincinnati, Butler, Florida State, Alabama and Miami, along with many others.

The Florida Gators have also showed significant interest in Taylor as he is in constant contact with one of the team’s assistant coaches.

“I talk to Florida about twice a week. Coach [Billy] Donovan was at my game against Lake Highland Prep and assistant coach [Matt] McCall has been to about five of my games this year,” Taylor said.

“They just tell me how much they like me and they want me to come visit,” he added. “I’ll visit Florida soon. It’ll probably be a weekend game in January. I have got to look at the schedule.”

And that interest is reciprocated by Taylor, who finds there is a lot that stands out to him about the Florida basketball program.

“Florida is a very good school,” Taylor said. They are a 20-win team every season and [Donovan] has been good at sending players to the NBA. The close location of Florida would be a plus, too.”

If the Gators do end up offering the Orlando product, he said he would still consider other schools and that a decision wouldn’t come until sometime during his senior season.

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Drew is a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. When not at school, Drew resides in Lakeland, Fla. Ever since working on his high school yearbook, Drew has had an interest in pursuing a journalism career after college. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of his school newspaper, The Samford Crimson, Drew has also been with Gator Country as an intern for one year. He enjoys the finer things in life like Tampa Bay Rays baseball and always making sure to make fun of the Atlanta Braves to Andrew Spivey’s face.