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Brandon Taylor

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Tabernacle, N.J.

High School:
Trenton Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225

Position:
F

Experience:
SO


03/24/2014

Lions Drop CBI Quarterfinal Contest to Siena, 54-52

Newbill led PSU with 17 points, six boards

03/19/2014

Nittany Lions Take Down Hampton, 69-65, in CBI Opener

PSU will face Siena in the second round on Monday

03/19/2014

Postgame Notes: Penn State 69, Hampton 65

Nittany Lions advance to quarterfinals of CBI at Siena Monday, March 24

03/18/2014

Lions Open CBI Play vs. Hampton Wednesday

Penn State making 20th appearance in postseason, first in CBI

03/11/2014

Lions Open B1G Tourney vs. Minnesota

10th-seeded Nittany Lions take on No. 7 seed Minnesota four days after regular-season finale

03/13/2014

Penn State vs. Minnesota (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Minnesota (USATSI)

03/06/2014

Penn State Cruises Past Northwestern, 59-32

Penn State Cruises Past Northwestern, 59-32

01/29/2014

Penn State vs. Ohio State - USATSI Gallery

Penn State vs. Ohio State - USATSI Gallery

11/30/2013

Penn State vs. Ole Miss (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Ole Miss (USATSI)

11/16/2013

Penn State vs. Penn - UTSI

Penn State vs. Penn - UTSI

AS A SOPHOMORE (2013-14)

  • Played in all 34 games, making 30 starts and averaging 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game
  • Tied for the team lead in 3-pointers with 46, hitting 32 percent (46-143) of chances
  • Shot 88 percent from the FT line (57-65) to lead the team
  • In the six Big Ten wins, was third on team in scoring with 11.5 ppg, while shooting 46 percent from 3
  • Had multiple blocks in 10 games this season ... Second on team in blocks with 36
  • Hit three 3-pointers in win at Northwestern (3/6/14), marking just the second time in Big Ten play with three or more (4, at OSU)
  • Pulled down career-high 10 boards vs. Wisconsin (3/2/14), including nine defensive
  • Gave Penn State its first lead of the game vs. Ohio State (2/27/14) at 15:15 of the second half with a trey, only three points of the night ... Also had two blocks and six defensive boards vs. the Buckeyes
  • Against Ohio State (1/29/14), had best game since Longwood - a stretch of 16 games ... Tallied 19 points off four 3-pointers vs. the Buckeyes, both highs since career performance against the Lancers
  • After three games of coming off the bench, returned to starting lineup at Purdue (1/18/14)
  • Played six minutes at Michigan and did not tally a point for the first time this season
  • Started each of the first 15 games before coming off the bench vs. Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan
  • With 18 points, had the team high vs. Michigan State (12/31/13), leading scoring for the second time this season
  • Pulled down career-high nine rebounds - eight defensive - in overtime win vs. St. John's (11/29/13)
  • Had four second-half 3-pointers and four total vs. Longwood en route to a career-high 25 points
  • Put up four blocks against La Salle (11/19/13), which prior to Donovon Jack's seven-block performance vs. Marshall (12/7/13) had been the most for a Nittany Lion player since Jeff Brooks put up five vs. Lehigh Nov. 12, 2010
  • Tallied a then career-high 17 points in the loss to Bucknell (11/13/13), besting his previous high of 16 set against the Bison last season ... Was 7-9 from the field, also a personal-best showing

AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13)

  • Played in all 31 games and started 18 in his first season
  • Cut his weight by 30 pounds in the preseason
  • Finished second on the team in threes (32) and fifth in scoring (5.3) and rebounding (3.3) while playing 20.2 minutes per game...scored in double-figures in six games
  • Made first career start in a win over Bucknell (11/23) and posted a career high 16 points on 4-of-8 from three...entered starting line-up after injury to Tim Frazier
  • Led Penn State shooting 37.8 percent (17-45) from three in the non-conference season
  • Averaged 7.2 ppg in the non-conference season with five double-figure scoring games in an eight game stretch
  • Saw his three-point percentage drop to 22 percent (15-67) in the Big Ten season
  • Led the team in scoring with 11 points at Purdue (1/13)
  • Posted back-to-back double digit scoring games with 10 vs. Akron (11/18) and 16 vs. Bucknell hitting 6-of-12 from three over the stretch
  • Scored 14 points on 2-of-4 from three vs. Army (12/8)
  • Hit 3-of-6 from three for 11 points and added a career high seven rebounds vs. Penn (12/1)
  • Had 10 points vs. New Hampshire
  • Played a season high 33 minutes vs. Delaware State (12/15)
  • Had nine points vs. Nebraska (1/19) and eight at Iowa (1/31)
  • Scored in his first career points vs. No. 6 North Carolina State in the Puerto Rico Tipoff
AT A GLANCE
Taylor has lost nearly 40 pounds since getting onto campus as a freshman in 2012, including 10 since the start of last season. He has completely reshaped his body and is working to hone his skills. A pick and pop, stretch four with a confident 3-point shot, Taylor is a key component in the Lion line-up and will work to add a developed post game to his strong perimeter skills and rebounding. The 2012 Times of Trenton Player-of-the-Year is one of four players on the 2014-15 roster with strong ties to Philadelphia having played AAU basketball with Team Philly and attended high school at Trenton Catholic Academy, approximately 35 miles north of the city.

HIGH SCHOOL
Recorded 1,042 points at Trenton Catholic Academy to rank 14th all-time on the school's scoring chart ... Helped lead TCA to a 96-21 overall record during his career ... Named the Times of Trenton 2012 Player of the Year after averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in leading the Iron Mikes to the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B championship game for the second time ... Third-team New Jersey Non-Public All-State selection by the New Jersey Star-Ledger ... Scored 41 points in TCA's first round NJSIAA tournament victory over Koinonia ... Trenton went 10-0 to win the Liberty Division of the Burlington County Scholastic League ... Averaged 11.7 points per game as a junior as he helped lead the team to a 19-6 record ... The Iron Mikes fell in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Non-Public South B Tournament in a two-point game in which Taylor recorded 14 points and had 15 rebounds ... Posted a season high 25 points earlier in the year ... Helped Trenton Catholic to the 2010 New Jersey Non-Public B State Championship with a victory over perennial powerhouse St. Anthony and an eventual championship crown in the NJSIAA (all classes) Tournament of Champions as a sophomore ... Helped lead his AAU squad, Team Philly, to several tournament titles ... Excelled in several head-to-head battles with other high Division I recruits ... Recorded a 3.3 overall grade-point average.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 1, 1994 in Willingboro, N.J. ... Full name is Brandon Alexander Taylor ... Son of Audrey Campbell and Byron Taylor ... Has an older brother, Jayson ... His cousin, Tiffany Stansbury, was a two-time All-ACC selection at N.C. State and played in the WNBA ... she currently plays professionally overseas ... His uncle, Terence Stansbury, played at Temple and three seasons in the NBA.

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