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NCAA Basketball: 10 teams that should target Marshall transfer Andrew Taylor

Nov 27, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd guard Andrew Taylor (0) dribbles the ball in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd guard Andrew Taylor (0) dribbles the ball in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Florida Gators

The Gators have already landed a number of transfers this offseason, including former Marshall big man, Micah Handlogten. If he and Taylor are cool, that could give them a leg-up in this recruitment. There’s also a need in the backcourt for at least another ball-handler, as last year’s group proved that not all mid-major transfers can succeed at the SEC level.

Florida currently has Iona transfer Walter Clayton, who is more of a combo guard. Riley Kugel can play both the 2 and 3-spots so they can slide Taylor to play alongside Clayton in the backcourt. And as he showed back in his days at San Francisco, Coach Todd Golden works well with talented scoring guards that can fill up the stat sheet.

Illinois Fighting Illini

A week ago, Toledo transfer and MAC Player of the Year Rayj Dennis entered the portal and Illinois was the reported favorite to land him. But his recruitment has been crickets and the Illini might not be able to get him as easy as originally thought. After not landing a point guard a year ago and having to rely on freshmen, the team can’t afford to miss out again and should look at a Plan B such as Taylor.

The team also doesn’t know whether leading scoring guard Terrence Shannon Jr. will come back from the NBA Draft and while Utah Valley transfer Justin Harmon is a capable playmaker, he’s best playing off the ball. Depending on what happens with both Dennis and Shannon, this is a high-level option that would allow Taylor to be the lead guard off the offense.