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"Freshman year I was really just a post player. Toward my sophomore year and junior year, I started stepping out and evolving my game," Taylor said. "I actually think I surprised my own Plano coaches. I think I surprised a few teammates, too, how I progressed."
Cross is one teammate Taylor meshes well with, which shouldn't surprise.
"It all starts off the court – we're very good friends," Taylor said. "We know what each other is going to do on the court. We don't just play together at school. We go to the YMCA together to play. It's good to be playing with another player that you can feed off each other and give good energy."
Plano will need that, after graduating six seniors off last year's team.
The Reapers had a mixed bag of results in a roughly 17-game June schedule. They rarely had their full unit with guys balancing commitments to basketball and travel baseball.
Kee will be looking for third-year varsity player Cedric Walton to be more of a scorer his senior season, and a top defender. Patrick Johnson is probably Plano's best passer and, a player whose prospects Kee is excited about. Gabriel and Uhri Rodriguez should play a lot in the backcourt.
It will be a group challenged by Plano's move into the new-look Interstate Eight as one of the smaller schools.
"It's obviously going to be tough, going against those bigger schools," Kee said. "We're pretty familiar with those schools. We beat Morris last year, lost to Ottawa, beat Kaneland and LaSalle-Peru. Hopefully in basketball we should be OK."