Ex-Fresno Pacific star John Taylor eyes NBA draft
By Anthony Galaviz - The Fresno Bee
Former Fresno Pacific men's basketball star John Taylor has always wanted to be an NBA player.
The junior All-American guard from Chicago will find out Thursday whether his name will be called during the NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Taylor knows his chances of getting selected are pretty slim, but he's OK with that.
"Whether I get drafted or not, it's a challenge for me," Taylor said. "Eventually I will get there. If I don't get drafted, I feel my future is still bright. I'm not going to stop pursuing my dream."
If Taylor is not drafted, his agent, Brian Brundage, said a plan is in place to get Taylor in the NBA Development League.
"If John does everything he needs to do as far as skills, shooting and work on his body, it looks like he'll be picked up by an NBA D-League team," Brundage said. "It will be an opportunity, and there's a 100% legitimate chance that he makes a D-League squad this season. As far as ability to get in the NBA, if he kills it in the D-League, he'll get a call-up."
Taylor is aiming to be the first former Sunbird to play in the NBA if drafted. Former Fresno Pacific All-American guard James Lewis was drafted in the minor-league NBA Development League in 2010 and 2011, but is no longer in the league.
At Fresno Pacific this past season, Taylor led the Sunbirds to a 21-9 record and finished the season leading the country in scoring at the National Christian College Athletic Association level with a school-record 27.5 points per game.
He also set school season records in points (825), field goals made (263) and free throws made (216). He scored 40 or more points three times and scored 50 in the first round of the NCCAA Tournament to break the Pacific West Conference record.