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A couple of high-profile college transfers are on the move…
Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor has opted to transfer to Boston College and play for former Cornell coach Steve Donahue. Taylor chose the Eagles over Seton Hall and Temple.
Taylor, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Union, N.J., averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season
“This was an extremely tough choice for Travis and multiple factors played into his decision making process,” said Bill Diamond, the Taylor family adviser. “It was well thought out and he and his family asked all of the right questions. Travis loved the campus, the academic reputation and the coaching staff. He has an opportunity to earn immediate playing time in one of the best conferences in the country. Steve Donahue is a proven coach and will do a tremendous job in Travis’s maturation process on and off the court.”
Monmouth gave Taylor a conditional release, allowing him to move to schools not on the team’s 2010-11 schedule. Seton Hall is not on the schedule, while Rutgers is.
Taylor has not answered several calls to his cell phone.
He was suspended for seven games last season for “violating team rules” and the team went 2-5 during that span.
FIELDS TO DECIDE SOONJohn Fields, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man who is transferring from North Carolina Wilmington, plans to decide early next week.
Fields is considering Rutgers, Miami, Tennessee and Xavier.
He will visit Miami Tuesday-Thursday before heading to Tennessee Thursday-Saturday.
“I’ll probably decide Monday or Tuesday,” Fields said by phone.
Fields also visited Rutgers last Thursday-Saturday and was at Xavier before that.
Fields, a Fayetteville, N.C. native, spent two seasons at East Carolina before transferring to UNCW, where he averaged 10.2 points and a team-best 8.7 boards.
He would be immediately eligible to play in 2010-11.
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