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Brandon Taylor
Brandon  Taylor

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tabernacle, N.J.

High School:
Trenton Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225

Position:
Forward


08/12/2016

Student-Athletes Approved for Summer Graduation Boosts Yearly Total to 156 Receiving Diplomas

Sixteen graduates this weekend include student-athletes from 12 teams

07/14/2016

Two Lions Sign Pro Contracts

Brandon Taylor and Donovon Jack will both play professionally overseas next season

02/25/2016

Penn State Holds off Nebraska, 56-55

Shep Garner leads a pair of double figure scorers with a team-high 22 points

01/16/2016

Taylor Leads Penn State Past Northwestern, 71-62

Brandon Taylor leads four double digit scorers with 19 points

01/13/2016

Penn State Falls at No. 24 Purdue, 74-57

Brandon Taylor leads all scorers with 21 points

03/10/2016

Penn State vs. Ohio State

Second Round, Big 10 Tournament

03/03/2016

Northwestern 71, Penn State 61

The Nittany Lions fall to Northwestern, on March 3, 2016.

02/25/2016

Penn State vs. Nebraska

NCAA Basketball: Penn State vs. Nebraska

02/06/2016

Penn State 68, Indiana 63

Photos from No. 22 Indiana @ Penn State on February 6, 2016.

01/21/2016

Penn State vs. Wisconsin

NCAA Basketball: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

AS A SENIOR (2015-16):

THIRD TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (MEDIA)
HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES)
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 2/23

  • Started all 32 games and 105 in his four-year career, playing in 129 total contests
  • Led team with 16.3 ppg on the season, which was eighth in Big Ten at close of regular season
  • Ranked No. 16 on Penn State career scoring chart with 1,289 over his four-year career
  • Passed the 500-point mark for the season against Illinois (3/6) and ended with 519, ranked 13th in single-season scoring at Penn State
  • With eight double-doubles this season, has most since Geary Claxton posted nine in 2007-08 and is one of just six players in the Big Ten to have eight or more during the regular season
  • Had seven games with 20 points or more, last with 21 in win over Illinois (3/6)
  • Shot 41 percent from 3-point range over the last seven games with 16 treys
  • Shot 50 percent or better from field in 12 games on the season, including eight Big Ten contests
  • Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors Feb. 22 after averaging 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in the Nittany Lions’ wins over No. 4 Iowa and Rutgers.
  • Averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two wins over Indiana (2/6) and Iowa (2/17)
  • Produced 18.0 ppg with 11.0 rpg in Penn State’s three-game win streak
  • Has led team in scoring 17 times this season ... Team is 8-9 in games with Taylor as leading scorer
  • Owns No. 8 spot in Penn State all-time career blocks with 91
  • TRANSFORMATION: Taylor made nearly as many 2-point buckets (135) as a senior than in first three seasons combined (143) and has converted on more free throws (93) than in his first three years (87) ... Shot 73 percent from charity stripe, as opposed to 63 percent as a junior.

AS A JUNIOR (2014-15):

  • Saw action in 32 games, making 25 starts ... Missed two games with knee injury
  • Averaged 9.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg to credit over the course of the season
  • Finished second on the team in rebounds and third in scoring and blocks
  • Ranked No. 10 in career blocks at Penn State with 74 after posting a career-high five against Nebraska (3/11/15) in the Big Ten Tournament
  • The five-block showing was a PSU record in conference tourney action
  • Scored in double-figures in 12 of last 18 regular-season games played, including each of the last two
  • Shot 47 percent from behind the arc in the last five games of the season, hitting multiple treys in three games ... Shot 46 percent from field in same stretch
  • Went 3-3 from behind the arc vs. Purdue (1/17/15)
  • Tallied 11 points, five rebounds and a career-high four assists at Indiana (1/13/15)
  • Produced the team’s first double-double of the season and the first of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds vs. Drexel (12/20/14)
  • Shared the team lead in scoring with 17-point showing at Marshall (12/6/14)
  • Had a team-high eight boards and four blocks at Bucknell (11/28/14)
  • Averaged 10.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg through three Charleston Classic games
  • Had 19 points and team-high tying 9 rebounds vs. Charlotte (11/20/14)
  • Shot 5-6 from the field vs. Fordham (11/16) for 11 pts

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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