Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The CIA Bounce AAU team featured Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes during a successful run this past summer, but every time the team needed a key rebound or putback it seemed like Denzell Taylor was in the right place at the right time.
A 6-foot-7, 215-foot power forward from Brampton, Ontario, Taylor is now a senior at St. Benedict’s Prep and getting close to making a college decision.
He is considering Fordham, Temple, Long Island University, Wagner, FDU, New Mexico, Siena, New Hampshire and Santa Clara, but seems inclined to stay close to home in the Northeast because his father, Joshua, lives in Teaneck, N.J.
“I will definitely visit Temple, Fordham and Long Island,” he told SNY.tv Tuesday night. “Those are the ones I’m definitely going to visit.”
Fordham head coach Tom Pecora has been working hard for the St. Ben’s forward.
“I like them,” Taylor said. “The A-10, that would be a pretty good fit. I’m going to go down and see how the school is doing.”
Temple recently landed a commitment from St. Anthony point guard Josh Brown, and Taylor is considering them as well.
“Big East,” he said. “I’ll probably go down there and just try to contribute.”
Taylor said he plans to take his official visits in October, but has none lined up yet.
Wherever he goes, that team will get a winner who knows his role. Over the summer, Taylor helped CIA Bounce reach the final of the Peach Jam with his key play at critical times. He also played on the Team Canada squad that reached the final of the Nike Global Challenge.
“[I will bring] energy, hustle, my defense, rebounding, offensive rebounding and definitely doing all the little things,” he said. “Being a contributor.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.