Former UCF Guard Aiming To Return To NBA


This past season was a whirlwind for Jermaine Taylor. The shooting guard, who concluded his time at UCF in 2009 as the best player in program history, played for four teams in four countries.

After bouncing around the globe, Taylor ended the year on a high note back in the United States. Playing on his third different continent in only five months, he excelled with Maine in the NBA D-League. Taylor appeared in 10 games and averaged 24.0 points on 51.6 percent shooting. He finished the season second in the league in scoring and totaled a league-high 49 points in a win over the Springfield Armor that helped put Maine into the playoffs.

As he continues his path that he hopes will lead to a return to the NBA, Taylor will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers when action begins at the Las Vegas Summer League Friday.

Following stints in Spain, Israel and China, Taylor was thrilled to return to the States in the spring and be able to showcase his skills in front of NBA executives.

“Once I was able to get back to the D-League, I was able to see everything that was familiar to me. Overseas, it was hard,” he said. “I missed everything about the United States. I was real thankful to be back. Playing for Maine was a great experience. I was able to be on a great team. The coach let me play and had faith in me.”

Taylor received plenty of attention for his performances with Maine and was invited to play in front of NBA executives at the D-League Elite Mini-Camp in Chicago in mid-May. The Tavares native appeared in 65 NBA games with Houston and Sacramento from 2009-11, and he is hopeful that his play in the D-League will help in get back into the association.

Source: UCF Athletics
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