Ray’Sean Taylor is making his case for Mr. Basketball Illinois

We saw Ray’Sean Taylor a lot this past spring and summer on the RecruitLook Hoops League and immediately loved his game. In fact, we thought so highly of his play that we crowned his MVP over several other high-major and mid-major division one prospects.

Ray’Sean is tough. He has that dog mentality in him. He’s the type of guy that can carry a team — and that is what he’s doing right now. Ray’Sean has his Collinsville High School squad off to an 8-0 start and ranked #1. We caught up with him…

RLH: What are your stats 8 games into the season?

RT: I’m averaging 23.4 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, 2.1 steals per game.

RLH: You guys are 8-0 and now have the target on your back. What’s it like knowing everyone is going to give you their best game?

RT: It feels good. This is the best start we’ve had in my career and we just have to keep improving. And about teams gunning for us… we just have to stay focused and realize we are going to get everyone’s best game and play with an edge.

RLH: You just beat a super talented Morgan Park team with several division one players — a team that is one of the best in the state. What is your takeaway from this game?

RT: It was a good hard fought win, and a momentum win for us. I think we proved that we are a very good team, but ultimately it doesn’t mean much so we’ll keep improving and working toward our goals.

RLH: You’ve cemented your name in the conversation for Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois. Was this a goal of yours?

RT: Yes. It is a personal goal of mine… even if it is far fetched.

RLH: You played for Coach Cunningham, a former division one coach, this spring and summer on the RecruitLook Hoops League. How did that prepare you for your senior season?

RT: Playing for coach DC (Deryl Cunningham) prepared me on the court. He pushed me as a vocal leader more than anything and helped improve my game in every aspect, and because of that, I am leading my team the very best that I can.

RLH: You signed at SIUE and coach Barone. With all the D1s recruiting you, what made you feel comfortable to go SIUE?

RT: Coach Barone, Coach Pierce, and the entire staff showed so much love and made me feel apart of a family. And it was the best fit for me as a basketball player and the role I can play there.

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