The 2018-19 Indiana University men’s basketball season is right around the corner. To help get you ready, The Daily Hoosier is profiling every player on the 2018-19 IU roster. You can see all of our 2018-19 player profiles in one place here. If you are looking for the 2018-19 IU basketball schedule, you can find that here.
Quentin Taylor has been working behind the scenes for IU basketball for a long time. With the program since the Big Ten championship winning 2015-16 season, he is IU’s longest tenured walk-on.
Just getting the invite to be a walk-on for the IU program was the achievement of a life-long dream.
Woke up to the news I've been waiting on my whole life. Hoosier for life! All I want for my birthday… https://t.co/cxKiDSjNR2
— Quentin Taylor (@cinQo_) November 5, 2015
Taylor hails from Indianapolis and went to the same high school (Brebeuf) as Alan Henderson. While there he helped Brebeuf to the IHSAA State Finals in football in 2013, the school’s first-ever appearance in the state championship game.
Like his two fellow walk-on peers, Taylor was Academic All-Big Ten for the 2017-18 season, an honor he also earned after the 2016-17 season. He majors in Safety Science.
- Height: 6-foot-2
- Weight: 185
- Position: Guard
- Class: Senior
- Hometown: Indianapolis
- High School: Brebeuf
Taylor played two minutes in one regular season game last year. He had an assist against Marian in 2 minutes of action during the exhibition season. He had an assist in his only regular season action against Youngstown State.
WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE IN 2018-19
When guys like Taylor sign up for the rigors of being a walk-on, it isn’t about seeing real game action — but that shouldn’t stop you from pulling for just that. The exhibition against Southern Indiana and the season opener against Chicago State seem like the best opportunities to see Taylor in action for his last go with the Hoosiers.
What it’s really all about as a walk-on is getting his teammates ready for game action. Having perspective that goes all the way back to Yogi Ferrell and the 2016 Big Ten championship team is surely beneficial to that cause.
Taylor has one of the toughest jobs on this team. With each game comes a new responsibility. One day he’s Carsen Edwards, the next he’s Anthony Cowan — and he has to pull it off in a way that is beneficial to the team and their game preparation. That means learning about each player, and their tendencies, and then going up against the starters and key reserves each day in practice.
It is tough job and it takes a special kind of young man to grind away at it each day without all of the fanfare that the scholarship players receive. Sure, we all want to see Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan, but the next time you see him, show a little love and appreciation for Quentin Taylor.
Previous Player Previews:
- Damezi Anderson
- Jake Forrester
- Jerome Hunter
- Romeo Langford
- Rob Phinisee
- Race Thompson
- Vijay Blackmon
- Al Durham
- Clifton Moore
- Justin Smith
- Johnny Jager
- De’Ron Davis
- Devonte Green
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