January 15, 2007

Looking back at the Gatorade Shootout

Talent in the state of Minnesota continues to improve and at the Gatorade Shootout, Minnesota again competed well with national teams. Hopkins fell to Campbell Hall and the Holiday brothers, Justin and Jrue, who combined for 47 points. Badger commit Jordan Taylor led Benidle St. Margaret's to a nice win over Taft and Kevin Love showed Minnesota why he is among the nation's elite.

Wisconsin commit Jordan Taylor showed a very intelligent game late against Taft (Woodland Hills, California) and he won yet another game late for his team with his intelligent play. Jordan had a late push and assist that put his team up four and he avoided opposing players trying to foul. Also, Jordan made a couple important shots to bring his team back after being down at the half including a pull-up three-pointer and a spin move into a finger role. Basically he led his team coming back on Taft which is one of the better programs in the country. And the most telling fact is that Jordan did this while being defended by Larry Drew, a junior point guard ranked among the elite in the country. Taylor made Drew look very, very ordinary as the California guard was very disappointing at the Gatorade Shootout. What Jordan Taylor struggled to do was make free throws as he finished one of nine for the game from the line and several of those were in the final minute. Taylor finished with 15 points while teammate Armond Battle scored a team high 16 points.

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