Forward Steve Taylor, Jr., formerly of the Marquette Golden Eagles, has found a new home. According to Chicago Hoops, the former four-star recruit out of Simeon Career Academy will transfer to Toledo and join the Rockets for the 2016-17 campaign, per NCAA transfer rules.
This addition gives Toledo some much needed experience at the position, as the 6’7″, 240 pound Taylor spent three years at Marquette. Over that stretch, he averaged just 3.8 points and 3.3 boards per game on 44.5 percent shooting. Last year, he averaged a college career-best 22.1 minutes per contest, well above his three-year average of 13.6.
Now, he’ll head from the Big East to the MAC and join a Toledo team that went 20-13 (11-7 MAC) and finished a game behind Central Michigan in the MAC West Division before losing to the same team in the conference tournament semifinal. The Rockets have gone 85-78 in five seasons under coach Tod Kowalczyk and have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1980, when Bob Nichols was head coach.
Though a smaller conference, the move is an upgrade for Taylor as Marquette went 13-19 (4-14 Big East) and finished dead last in the conference in its first season under new coach Steve Wojciechowski, the longtime Duke assistant who took over after Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech.