THI TV: Catching Up With Justin Taylor At The CP3 Event
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – THI was on hand Friday night at the CP3 Memorial Classic at the CP3 Academy to check out major North Carolina class of 2022 target 4-star wing Justin Taylor.
The event, which is run by former Wake Forest and current NBA star Chris Paul and held at his facility, began Friday night and runs through Sunday afternoon.
Taylor, who will take an official visit to UNC on June 5 and 6, is the No. 54 overall prospect in the class. At 6-foot-6, he hail from Charlottesville, VA, and will also take officials in June to Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and Indiana.
UNC offered Taylor originally in February when then-coach Roy Williams called him to extend while the Tar Heels were traveling to Charlottesville to take on Virginia. Hubert Davis re-affirmed the offer not long after being named Carolina’s coach in early April.
In Friday night’s game, Taylor scored 21 points, which included him shooting 2-for-3 from three-point range and also converted five of his six free throw attempts.
THI has spoken with Taylor quite a few times in recent months but caught up with him again following to game to get the latest as he’s a week away from an official visit in Chapel Hill.
Below is the transcript of what Taylor had to say followed by a video of our interview with the sharpshooting wing:
Note: Video clips of Taylor that THI tweeted Friday night will be posted in the thread this piece is linked:
THI: How excited are you to finally take some official visits?
TAYLOR: Super excited. Basically, the whole recruiting process has been virtual, so I’m excited to see the campuses in person, meet the coaches in person finally.
THI: You’ve set up official visits to UNC, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Indiana, UNC is your first official, what are you hoping to get out of that?
TAYLOR: To really get a better understanding of what Coach Davis is about, see the campus in person for the first time, to see the facilities and everything and everything like that. I’m excited for that.
THI: A good shooter and scorer, how does it feel to be recruited by guys like Hubert Davis and Jeff Lebo, who were both outstanding shooters and scorers in their own careers?
TAYLOR: Right, that’s kind of what they’ve talked about during the recruiting process, how they’ve coached guys and were somewhat similar to me in their playing careers. So, that kind of stands out, and if I were to go there they can help develop me a lot.
THI: Are your parents going with you on your official visits?
TAYLOR: Yes, my mom, and my sister was going to try to come but my trainer is.
THI: What are your playing plans, anymore tournaments for Team Takeover?
TAYLOR: This is our last one until Peach Jam (in July), but nothing in June, it’s mainly just high school tournaments.
THI: Timetable, when do you expect to make a decision?
TAYLOR: I’m hoping toward mid-to-late summer is when I’m finally going to make a decision.