As one Steve Taylor leaves the conference (Ohio guard Stevie Taylor), another comes into the fold. Marquette transfer Steve Taylor Jr. chose Toledo as the landing spot for his final year of college eligibility.
Taylor, who is from Chicago, joins other Chicago natives Kurt Hall, Nathan Boothe, Taylor Adway, and Nate Navigato on the Rocket roster. Former Rocket star Julius Brown was also from Chicago.
Former Chicago Simeon standout and Marquette transfer Steve Taylor has decided on Toledo as his new school.— Chicago Hoops (@ChicagoHoops) May 16, 2015
The 6-foot-7, 240 pound forward averaged six points and five rebounds last season for the Golden Eagles. He played in every game last season and averaged 22 minutes per game. His best performance came early in the year at then-20th ranked Ohio State, where he scored a career high 20 points and collected seven rebounds.
"I liked everything about it: the environment, the coaches, the players, the people. I felt like I was at home when I was there," Taylor told the Toledo Blade.
Taylor is the seventh newcomer to join the Rockets this season, the only non-freshman. The Rockets have to replace Brown, J.D. Weatherspoon, and Justin Drummond who all graduated and also three other players who left due to transfer. While next year may be a bit of a rebuilding year for the Rockets, the 2016-2017 season could be their next chance to get to that ever-escaping bid to the NCAA Tournament.