Jeffery Taylor Biography
Source:Vanderbilt University athletic website
June 14, 2012
Jeffery Matthew Taylor... Born May 23, 1989 in Norrkoping, Sweden... Parents are Jeff and Pia Taylor... Taylor's father, Jeff, played at Hobbs High School and Texas Tech University before playing in the NBA for the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons... His father eventually played professionally in Sweden and still lives there today... Majoring in Sociology...Has two brothers, Marques (14) and Vincent (10), and three sisters, Michaela (22), Melanie (18), and Vanessa (8)... Chose Vanderbilt over UCLA, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky and Gonzaga.
Multifaceted, high scoring wing player who has added 25 pounds to his frame since arriving on campus...Named a second-team All-SEC player in 2010-11 and 2009-10 after being named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2008-09...Scored 438 points as a sophomore, which ranks eighth all-time on the Vanderbilt sophomore single-season list...Started in all but one game in his Vanderbilt career...Became 41st VU player to surpass 1,000-point mark with 22-point effort vs. Davidson …In 2010–11, he further established his reputation as a defensive stopper, frequently being called on to defend every position on the floor except center while again being named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. Taylor also improved his three-point shooting to a more respectable 34.5% while attempting more than twice as many shots from behind the arc as in his first two seasons combined. Averaging 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds, he was again named second-team All-SEC…Taylor was widely viewed as a potential early entry into the 2011 NBA Draft, based mainly on his athleticism and defensive skills. However, he decided to stay at Venderbilt for his senior season in 2011–12.