Friday, March 16, 2012

Hobbs grad, Vandy senior Taylor popular in Albuquerque this week

Clayton Jones/News-Sun
Hobbs grad and Vanderbilt senior Jeffery Taylor flies in for a dunk Thursday.
  ALBUQUERQUE — I'm going to write more about this in a column, but it's been a hectic week for Hobbs grad and Vanderbilt senior Jeffery Taylor. With the fifth-seeded Commodores being selected to play at The Pit in Albuquerque for the second and third round of the NCAA Tournament and Taylor playing his high school basketball in New Mexico (granted, nearly five hours away in Hobbs), he's been the popular choice of the media and fans this week and handled it well, particularly for a young man who isn't looking for the limelight.
  I've been in Albuquerque since Wednesday and will be here through Vanderbilt's game against Wisconsin on Saturday. For those family, friends and fans (and media) that traveled to watch him play Thursday during a win over Harvard, it's been a nice treat to watch him play – particularly with how much his game has evolved. His game has grown into his natural athletic talents. I'll have more on the improvement on his game in Saturday's News-Sun and more coverage will be in Sunday's paper as well.