• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 four-star Justin Taylor

Tell me about where you grew up.

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and have been here my whole life.

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

Basketball has really just revolved around my family for awhile now, and my mom was the first one to introduce it to me at an early age.

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

I feel like i’ve always taken it seriously, but going into my freshman year was when I really started to work on my game and improve.

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

My Grandad played at Duke awhile ago, mom played at JMU, and my sister played at William & Mary.

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

A versatile scorer who can shoot it and score on all 3 levels and can play and guard multiple positions.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

There’s really nothing that I love more to do and it’s something i want to do in life for as long as i can.

How do you feel about your current ranking?

I try not to pay much mind to what ranking i’m given because in the long run it’s really not going to matter that much.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

I honestly do believe guys nowadays get way too caught up in the hype of it all, but in the long run it won’t matter that much.

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

I don’t have a cut list yet so I don’t want to name any of them right now, but at this point i’m just focusing on the schools that are showing me my importance and prioritizing me.

What schools reach out to you the most?

Syracuse, Virginia Tech, UVA, UNC, Indiana, Georgetown, and Marquette

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?

I do think it helps for sure. Of course you build that relationship with whichever assistant is recruiting you, but when you hear from the head coach it definitely gives you that much more assurance that you’re a priority for them.

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

I wouldn’t want to try and critique any college coach on their job and how they recruit. I will say though the zoom calls have helped me get a better perspective on the program just to put a name to the face. For me too it’s been pretty clear in this process, the type of recruiting that’s generic and the type that’s actually personal.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

Seeing my sister go through a similar process helped me, so her and my mom have helped guide me, as well as my trainer and Team Takeover coaches. A big thing we’ve talked about is to pay attention to the style of play and the program I can make an impact best at.

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

That it can be a lot and become stressful, but to focus on taking your time and learn to just enjoy the process because it only comes once.

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially, virtually?

In person visits: UVA, Maryland, and Richmond. Virtually: UVA, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Marquette.

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

UNC and Michigan.

Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.

Duke, Villanova, and Kentucky.

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?

I wouldn’t say it’s a huge priority, but going to school with guys you know and who have the same goals as you is important.

Did you have a dream school growing up?

To be honest, no. Growing up in Charlottesville though I would always go to the UVA games.

Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?

A dream car of mine is a Mercedes G-Wagon so that’d probably be first and I would also need to get an apartment for wherever i’m playing. Then I think I would get my sister a new car too.

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