Michael Taylor is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Washington that is playing his third season for Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB. He started his basketball career in 2006 for E.Washington (NCAA). He then played for Montana from 2007-2010. He then played his last season in college for Whitworth (NCAA3) playing 30 games: 20.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3Pts: 52.8%, FT: 88.4%. Last season for Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB) he played 25 games: Score-3(22.3ppg), 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT-3(89.7%). He spoke to German Hoops after the big 77-56 win in Langen to reach the next round.
Michael congrats on getting past TV Langen in the German Pro B playoffs. You have played Regionaliga and now Pro B. Is Pro A the next step?
Probably not, because I got twins 10 days ago. If I do keep playing then I have to get a very good offer from a team in Europe. I have four people to feed now, but I would like to keep playing. I am prepared to go home. We have a family business and I could work there. It has to be a very good deal for me to keep playing.
You are known as a shooter. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
A hidden strength is rebounding. In my last two years of high school, I was the tallest player on the team. I passed the ball and then got the ball in the post as well. Playing so many positions really has helped be able to rebound.
You scored 44 points against Schwelm this season on only 4/13 shooting from outside. Would you have broken 50 points if you would of hit a few more three pointers? Was this one of your best games ever?
In high school, I filled out the stats sheet better evenly. I would have made 50 points with better shooting. This was one of my bests coring games, but not bests hooting games.
What did you respect most from NBA player Rodney Stuckey when you were teammates at E Washington?
He had this incredible sixth gear that he could turn on at any time during a game. I would have liked to have seen it more in practice, but it was great to see in games.
Your ex teammate Brian Qvale always looks so relaxed on the court. Can you remember him ever being terrified of something at Montana(NCAA)?
I remember seeing him once very competitive and and fired up playing Zombie on the X box. That is a game where one just sits and plays, but he was so fired up.
Why did you go to Whitworth(NCAA3) in your last year of college?
I made one of my goals of reaching the NCAA tournament at Montana. I had gotten engaged to my wife and she went to school and played at Whitworth so it was only logical for me to finish there and plus my two cousins also played there.
How did Jim Hayford at Whitworth prepare you for a professional basketball career?
He always demanded the best from me each day. His expectation level was so high if it was my shooting, weight training or games. I just had to do it and it has translated into my professional basketball career. Now I am an older guy in a young team and have to be consistent and a good role model.
Which player from the EWE Baskets Oldenburg do you respect next to Mr Oldenburg Rickey Paulding?
My good friend Adam Chubb. He is such a dedicated hard working team player, but when he is asked to get 20 points and 20 rebounds when the team needs it, then he just does it.
Where will the basketball journey of 18 year old Jan Niklas Wimberg that was very effective against TV Langen?
He has control of what he wants to do on the court. I feel that in the future that he will feel a jump in his level of play.
You have 10 cm on Kevin Smit, but who wins a one on one game?
He wins a full court game and I a half court game. I will take anyone, because I am very competitive.
What is your nicest memory with ex teammate Chris Heinrich?
I just recently had dinner with him. We talked basketball. I remember when we were teammates, I thought he fouled me too hard and then we went to dinner. I have a lot of respect for him.
How much is NBA basketball missed in Washington?
It is just terrible. I idolized Luke Ridnour as a kid and then the Supersonics left and so did he. We do have a lot of college basketball teams and I enjoy watching SPU.
What are your early 2014 NCAA Final Four picks?
Gonzaga, Wichita State, Florida and Michigan State.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
12 years of slave.
Thanks Michael for the chat.