December 3, 2007

Little Phil growing up

The Wheeler High School basketball program is one of the most storied programs in the South for the last 15 years. A number of players have gone on to the college and professional ranks since their days at the Marietta, Ga., school.

Current sophomore point guard Phil Taylor has seen all of the school's famous alum along the way, too. Now he's hoping to be counted amongst those that have moved on to the next level.

When Wheeler won it's first of four state championships in the last 12 years when Shareef Abur-Rahim helped the Wildcats cut down the nets, Taylor was in the championship photos.

"He was a little baby," says Wheeler head coach Doug Lipscomb, "but he was in those pictures."

Taylor is hoping he can pilot a team to a title this season as a sophomore. The team has the personnel to go deep into the post-season.

Taylor was outstanding in his team's season opener on Saturday night against state ranked McEachern, a program featuring at least four Division I players itself. Taylor scored a game high 24 points (7-9 FG, 5-6 from 3, 5-7 FT) and hit five big three-pointers in the victory. He also checked in with five rebounds and five assists in the win.

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