Jermaine Taylor (basketball)

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Jermaine Taylor
No. 12 – Maine Red Claws
Position Shooting guard
League NBA D-League
Personal information
Born (1986-12-08) December 8, 1986 (age 28)
Tavares, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Tavares (Tavares, Florida)
College Central Florida (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Houston Rockets
2010 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2010–2011 Sacramento Kings
2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2012–2013 Lagun Aro GBC
2013 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2013 Shanxi Zhongyu
2013–present Maine Red Claws
Career highlights and awards

Jermaine Taylor (born December 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Taylor was a starting guard for the University of Central Florida basketball team. He was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards and soon after traded to the Houston Rockets.[1]

High school career[edit]

Taylor attended Tavares High School in Tavares, Florida. As a senior at Tavares High School, Taylor averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He finished his senior year second in the Florida Class 3A Player of the Year voting and was named to the Florida Class 3A All-State First Team.

Taylor also excelled on the gridiron as a wide receiver for Tavares, gaining 481 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior. He turned down offers from Florida and South Florida to play basketball instead.

In addition to football and basketball, finished second in the Florida Class 2A Track and Field Championships in both the triple jump and high jump. He currently owns his high school's record for the long jump, high jump, and triple jump.

After completing his high school career, Taylor signed a national letter of intent with UCF choosing the Knights over Pittsburgh, Alabama, and Penn State.

Collegiate career[edit]

Taylor began his career at the University of Central Florida in 2005 during their first season in Conference USA. Taylor played in 15 games averaging 11 minutes and 4.3 points. In only his fourth collegiate game he scored 15 points in a winning effort against in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman. His best game as a freshman came during a home contest when he scored 16 points in 25 minutes of action in a 77-71 home loss.

In his sophomore campaign, he emerged as one UCF second leading scorer averaging 12.7 points, good for 16th in Conference USA. Taylor's prowess as a 3-point shooter was also evident during his second year for the Knights, draining 63 3s, averaging 41.4% behind the arc. Jermaine scored 26 points twice during his second year helping UCF to a 22-9 record and a 2-seed in the Conference USA tournament.

Taylor first career start for the Knights came during his junior season, scoring 8 points in UCF's 63-60 win over University of Nevada in the inaugural game at the new UCF Arena.

Taylor is a member of the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages (as of 1/11/2009)
2005–06 UCF Knights 29 4.3 2.2 0.6 0.4 0.2 .395 .304 .440 11.7
2006–07 UCF Knights 31 12.7 3.2 1.5 0.9 0.3 .474 .414 .711 25.2
2007–08 UCF Knights 31 20.8 1.6 1.1 1.0 0.2 .461 .367 .795 33.5
2008–09 UCF Knights 31 26.2 5.2 1.9 1.3 0.8 .480 .376 .812 31.9

Professional career[edit]

He declared for the 2009 NBA Draft and was drafted 32nd overall by the Washington Wizards. He was later traded to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.

On January 29, 2010, Taylor was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[2] On February 4, 2010, he was recalled by the Houston Rockets after scoring 32 and 30 in two games with the Vipers. He was sent back to the Vipers on February 19, 2010,[3] but recalled four days later,[4] and then returned to the Vipers on March 17, 2010.[5] Taylor was recalled by the Rockets once again on March 24, 2010. He then had his first career start in a game versus the Los Angeles Lakers on March 27, 2010, in which he scored 15 points.[6]

On December 15, 2010, Taylor was traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a protected second-round pick.[7] He was waived by the Kings at the end of the season.[8]

In September 2012, Taylor signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9] However, he did not make the team's final roster.[10]

On November 8, 2012, Taylor signed with the Spanish League team San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC.[11] In January 2013, he joined Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C.. Later that month, he joined Shanxi Zhongyu of China.[12]

On March 15, 2013, Taylor was acquired by the Maine Red Claws.[13] In September 2013, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.[14] He was later waived on October 25.[15] On October 31, 2013, he was reacquired by the Maine Red Claws.[16] On November 29, 2013, he was waived by the Red Claws due to a season-ending knee injury just two games into the season.[17]

On October 31, 2014, Taylor was again reacquired by the Maine Red Claws.[18]

NBA career statistics[edit]

2009–10 Houston 31 4 9.8 .378 .227 .717 1.5 .5 .3 .1 4.1
2010–11 Houston 8 0 9.6 .500 .400 .833 1.1 .3 .3 .3 4.9
2010–11 Sacramento 26 8 15.6 .476 .300 .727 2.0 1.2 .5 .1 7.1
Career 65 12 12.1 .441 .284 .730 1.7 .7 .4 .1 5.4


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