Both Players will be Eligible to Compete at the Start of the 2012-13 Season
Vince Taylor recently finished his fifth season on Coach Smith's staff after spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. With the Timberwolves, Taylor was responsible for player development and scouting opponents.
Prior to arriving in Minnesota, Taylor spent seven seasons as an assistant at the University of Louisville, four under Rick Pitino and three under Denny Crum. While with the Louisville program, Taylor earned the reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters. He helped the Cardinals land a top-five recruiting class in 2001 under Pitino that included McDonald's All-American Carlos Hurt. Taylor was also heavily responsible for the recruitment of Reece Gaines to Louisville. Gaines was a four-year starter and was named third team All-America as a senior. Gaines was the 15th pick of the 2003 NBA Entry Draft. In 2005, Louisville returned to the Final Four with many of Taylor's recruits, including Francisco Garcia. Garcia was then selected as the 23rd pick in the 2005 Draft by Sacramento.
Before joining the Louisville staff in 1998, Taylor was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1997-98) and briefly at the University of Wyoming (1998).
Before Taylor began his coaching career, he spent 13 seasons playing professional basketball in Europe, including the last two as a player/assistant coach in the Belgian professional league. Additionally, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game with the New York Knicks in 1982-83 after being selected by the team in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft. Taylor was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 1983-84 before beginning his European career in 1984, initially in Italy (1984-86), then moving to France (1986-92) and finishing his career in Belgium (1992-97).
A standout guard at Duke University, Taylor earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior (1981-82) by averaging 20.3 points per game, a number that led the ACC. During Taylor's collegiate career, the Blue Devils won the 1979 ACC regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice (1979 and 1980) and National Invitational Tournament once (1981). Taylor, who scored 1,445 career collegiate points, finished his career as one of the top 10 scorers in Duke history. He once held the school record by playing in 120 consecutive games.
A 1982 graduate of Duke with a bachelor's degree in economics, Taylor was named to the President's List at Duke his senior year. That honor is awarded to only five percent of the student body, and is based on contributions to the university and academic achievements.
Taylor prepped at Tates Creek High School, where he was a McDonald's High School All-American as a senior in 1978, while averaging 29.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Taylor has two children: son, Brendan and daughter, Maya.
TAYLOR AT A GLANCE
|Born||September 11, 1960|
|College||B.S. Duke, 1982|
|Family||Son, Brendan; Daughter, Maya|
|Playing Experience|| All-ACC & Honorable Mention at Duke
Led Duke to 1979 ACC title and two NCAA berths
13 seasons as professional player in Europe
Second round NBA Draft pick of New York Knicks in 1982
|2005-07||Assistant Coach||Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)|
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