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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

 Missy Taylor

[Missy Taylor]
 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Connersville HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'2
 POSITION: Guard/Forward
 01-02 RATINGS: #53 (ASGR), #61 (BS), #32 (SS)
 00-01 RATINGS: #12 (ASGR)
 ACADEMICS: 4.3 GPA
 STATUS: Signed with Purdue
 AAU TEAM: Dayton Lady Stars


BIO | NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Missy Taylor is a 6-foot-2 forward with guard skills, ranked as one of the best players in the Indiana class of 2002. Already receiving a ton of mail, email, and phone calls through her high school coach, Taylor is a hotly recruited player nationally. Some of the schools in constant contact are Purdue, Stanford, Iowa State, Indiana and Georgia. Taylor has made unofficial visits to Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame, and plans to take some official visits next August before making a final college choice. Position may be a factor in her recruitment. Both Stanford and Indiana are recruiting her as a guard, while Purdue has indicated she would play at forward, most likely on the wing. Through 15 games her junior season, Taylor is 18th in the state in scoring with a 22.3 average, and also averages close to 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals a game.

Missy will miss her senior season due to an ACL injury suffered in the first scrimmage of the season.

During the summer of 2000, Taylor helped the Dayton Lady Stars 15-under AAU squad win a national championship. The team went 9-0 during the national tournament, and only lost three games the entire summer. Taylor was second in scoring for the team with 12 points per game, and led the team in rebounding with 10.2 per game.

Her junior year, Taylor increased her scoring and rebound averages to 14.7 points and eight rebounds, improving her free throw shooting to 68-percent, and started to show development of her perimeter game. She was 18-of-52 (.346) in her first season with a role featuring the perimeter shot. The Lady Spartans finished the season 17-6.

As a freshman, Taylor averaged 10.3 points and was second on the team in rebounds. Her then career-high of 27 came against Muncie South. She shot 53-percent from the field and 62-percent of her free thorws for the 25-2 Lady Spartans.

Missy Taylor announced her verbal commitment to the Boilers on October 12, 2001, and signed with Purdue during the early signing period of November 2001.


PLAYER NEWS

11/20/01...With the official announcement today, Purdue has received all five expected signings for the freshman class of 2002-2003. This confirms both Webb and Taylor have signed, adding to confirmed signings late last week from Mays, Keys and Duncan. A brief scouting report is posted below by Kristy Curry.

11/15/01...Blue Star has their newest rankings out. Missy Taylor is the highest rated verballed Purdue recruit on the "seniors only" list, at #61. Others of interest among the 100 listed...Sabrina Keys #66, Ashley Mays #73, and Sharika Webb #84.

11/03/01...Missy Taylor tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during a scrimmage last week and later found out she will be out the entire season.

10/28/01...The latest Street & Smith all-american teams have been released. Players of interest receiving honorable mention by the magazine include Camille Lenoir, Carol Duncan, Sharika Webb, Missy Taylor, Ashley Mays, Reicina Russell, Katie Gearlds and Amber Harris.

10/12/01...Missy Taylor canceled her visit to Indiana earlier in the week, but it wasn't until Friday that the 6'3 all-american notified Kristy Curry of her decision.

9/24/01...School Sports has a list of the top 50 girls in the class of 2002 up. Taylor is rated at No. 32.

9/22/01...Missy Taylor has been named to the Tremendous Twenty-Six by the Indiana High School Basketball Guide.

9/18/01...Things are looking good with Connersville wing Missy Taylor after a weekend official visit. Plenty of glowing comments in this article, which indicates she is now down to just Purdue and Indiana. A decision is expected after she takes a scheduled official visit to Indiana on October 13th.

8/13/01...After visiting Indiana and Xavier last week, Missy Taylor is no more closer to making a decision than she was prior to last week. Taylor is taking another look at everyone on her list -- a list that no longer just includes Purdue, Indiana and Xavier -- and is talking about delaying a decision until September. Our featured story on Missy Taylor is an authorized reprint of an August 10th story in the Connersville News-Examiner. [MrHoops]

7/28/01...Missy Taylor and Katie Gearlds have both been named AAU All-Americans, following the AAU 16-under national championships held in Orlando. Gearlds' team, Indiana's Finest, finished in a four-way tie for 13th at nationals, while Taylor's Dayton Lady Hoopstars team finished tied for 7th. Taylor is seeing major attention from Purdue, Stanford, Iowa State, Iowa, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Indiana and Western Kentucky.

4/09/01...The Louisville Courier-Journal has released their 2001 Indiana all-state teams. Sophomore Katie Gearlds and junior Missy Taylor were named second team all-state, junior Sharika Webb made the third team, and Purdue-bound Carol Duncan and Ashley Mays both made the honorable mention list.

2/25/01...Missy Taylor (Connersville, IN) - Season over. In the first game of the Southport semistate, Connersville cruised past Castle 69-47. Taylor had a game-high 21 points in the win. The win put Connersville in the finals against Class 4A No. 3 Ben Davis. Despite 22 points and five boards from Taylor, Ben Davis expanded a five point lead at halftime into a 58-45 final victory. Connersville finished the season 19-5.

2/23/01...The lineup for the Southport semistate is set, and Connersville (19-4) will play Castle (22-3) in the 11:45am game. The winner gets the Terre Haute South (22-1) vs. Ben Davis (24-2) winner in the semistate championship game at 8:15pm. Missy Taylor scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in the regional championship game against North Central.

2/21/01...Connersville plays tonight for a chance to advance to the Southport semistate this Saturday. Their opponent, North Central (11-11), gets the advantage of playing the regional final game on their home court. Connersville has already beaten North Central once this season, an 11 point loss back in late December. Taylor comes into the game averaging 22.1 points, fresh off a 34 point outburst in the sectional final last Saturday.

2/06/01...Four top high school players unofficially visited for the Michigan game in Mackey on Sunday. As expected, Missy Taylor (2002, 6'2, Connersville, IN) visited, joined by Katie Gearlds (2003, 6'0, Beech Grove, IN) making her third unofficial visit to Purdue. Two new prospects from Illinois, Lindsay Richards (2002, 5'8, Barrington, IL) and Blair Hardiek (2003, 5'6, Effingham, IL), also visited.

1/28/01...No. 9 Connersville's 13-game winning streak ended in a 62-38 loss to Martinsville. Missy Taylor had a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

1/23/01...Purdue will be receiving an unofficial visit on 2/4 from one of the top players in the Indiana junior class. Missy Taylor, a 6'2 forward with guard skills, was originally going to be on campus for this Sunday's Wisconsin game, but due to a schedule conflict had to reschedule. Already receiving a ton of mail, email, and phone calls through her high school coach, Taylor is a hotly recruited player. Some of the schools in constant contact are Purdue, Stanford, Iowa State, Indiana and Georgia. This will be her second unofficial visit to Purdue. Her first was taken with her father in December. She has also visited unofficially two other schools -- Indiana and Notre Dame. Taylor has been invited to this summer's Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis (which we will again be scouting). Position may be a factor in her recruitment. Both Stanford and Indiana are recruiting her as a guard, while Purdue has indicated she would play at forward, most likely on the wing. Taylor is currently 18th in the state in scoring with a 22.3 average, and also averages close to 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals a game.


SCOUTING REPORTS

Scouting report by Kristy Curry..."Missy will give us size on the perimeter. She is very versatile - she is a pure shooter and a great penetrator. Additionally, she is a great competitor and a true winner." (11/19/01, Purdue SID)

Scouting report by Capri Small from the Nike Camp..."Despite her height, Missy played the wing position and didnít spend much time in the post. She handled the ball extremely well with good dribbling skills, and her jump shot from 15 feet in was pretty much automatic. Missy had a nose for the ball and always seemed to be in the middle of every play." (7/24/01)


LINKS
  • Boilermaker Class of 2006 is on board [Purdue SID]
  • Purdue attractive to Connersville star [Journal and Courier]
  • Dayton team wins AAU title [Connersville News-Examiner]
  • Dayton takes home national title [Amarillo Globe-News]
  • Dayton advances to title game [Amarillo Globe-News]
  • CHS girls open season with loss [Connersville News-Examiner]
  • Lady Spartans subdue pesky Red Devils [Connersville News-Examiner]



    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    → 01/20/01   22.3       11.0 3.0   3.0 13-2
    1999→2000   14.7 .506 .679 .346 8.0 2.8 0.9 1.8 17-6
    1998→1999   10.3 .533 .623 .171         25-2



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    01-02 season
  • All-American Honorable Mention (Street & Smith)
  • All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball Magazine)
  • Tremendous 26 honoree (Indiana Basketball Guide)
    00-01 season
  • Indiana Junior All-Star
  • All-State Second Team (Louisville Courier)
  • All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball)
  • All-OAC First Team
  • All-OAC First Team
    99-00 season
  • All-OAC First Team
  • All-Area (Richmond Palladium)
  • All-Sectional Team
  • AAU National Champions
  • Ohio AAU State Champions
  • Connersville Team MVP
  • Great Lakes Tournament MVP
  • Blue Star Elite Camp
  • Blue Star Eastern Showcase Camp
  • All-OAC First Team
  • All-OAC First Team
  • All-State Second Team (Hoosier Basketball)
    98-99 season
  • All-OAC First Team
  • Ohio AAU State Honorary MVP
  • WBCA Super Select Camp
  • Blue Star Eastern Showcase Camp
  • AAU Nationals - 2nd place
  • Ohio AAU State Champions
    97-98 season
  • AAU Nationals - 4th place
  • Indiana AAU State Champions
  • Metro Tournament MVP
    96-97 season
  • Blue Star Elite Camp MVP
  • AAU Nationals - 4th place
  • Indiana AAU State Champions
    95-96 season
  • AAU Nationals - 13th place



    2001-02 SEASON SCHEDULE FOR CONNERSVILLE
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/09/01 FRI 7:30P Mount Vernon 11/10/01 SAT 7:30P @ Indianapolis Arlington 11/16/01 FRI 7:30P North Central 11/20/01 TUE 8:00P @ Muncie South 11/24/01 SAT 7:30P Noblesville 11/28/01 WED 7:30P @ Brebeuf 12/04/01 TUE 7:30P @ New Castle 12/06/01 THR 8:00P Rushville 12/12/01 WED 7:30P @ Hamilton Southeastern 12/15/01 SAT 12:30P @ South Dearborn Columbia City Tournament 12/29/01 SAT 10:00A TBA Columbia City Tournament 01/05/02 SAT 12:30P @ Anderson Highland 01/08/02 TUE 8:00P @ Richmond 01/12/02 SAT 12:30P Jay County 01/18/02 FRI 8:00P Heritage Christian 01/19/02 SAT 8:00P Huntington North 01/24/02 THR 8:00P East Central 01/26/02 SAT 2:30P @ Shelbyville 01/29/02 TUE 7:30P @ Jennings County 02/05/02 TUE 6:00P Sectional @ Arlington * Schedule subject to change.

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