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Alonso grad continues basketball dream at N.Y. college

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM

TAMPA – Wells College is a small school with enrollment of little more than 500, located in the middle of nowhere, New York State.

Eddie Taylor is a dynamic point guard out of Alonso High School, and when he graduated in 2010, he was considered one of the top players in Hillsborough County.

Two years later, after a brief stint at North Carolina Methodist, Taylor headed even farther north, settling in Aurora, N.Y., to play ball at Wells, even though he wasn't sure of where it was.

His numbers have been fine and he started almost every game in his first year after the transfer from North Carolina Methodist. Taylor said he ended up at Wells because he felt appreciated. Wells recruited him hard back at his days at Alonso, and Taylor said he kept Wells in the back of his mind.

"I'm not sure if there was any kind of culture shock,'' Wells said. "I'm happy here and my game is coming along.''

Taylor, a sociology major, has a 3.1 GPA in his second year with The Express. He was looking to end up at one of the major schools when his high school recruiting began, but when the calls weren't coming, he opened his mind.

"Wells was there all along,'' Taylor said. "We sent them a recruiting tape and they kept asking me to visit. I had other places in mind, but Wells gave me the chance to do what I wanted.''

What Taylor wanted to do was not only to play point guard, but also to be able to drive and shoot at will.

"I just keep shooting,'' Taylor said. He averaged 8.0 points last season, but has upped it to 15 per game this year.

Taylor doesn't consider Wells the end of the line. After his Wells career is over he plans to coach or scout at the next level.

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