Posted: Oct 3, 2012 2:25 PM by Andrew Masuda
Former Cal Poly men's basketball player Will Taylor scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in his professional debut in Germany on Wednesday. Taylor is one of three Americans on the Herten Lions, a team that competes in the Pro B League in Germany. The Lions beat Hannover 106-90 in their season opener.
Herten went 21-10 last year. The Lions play at the third level of professional basketball in Germany.
Taylor came off the bench and played 21 minutes in his debut. He made 5 of his 8 shots, grabbed 2 offensive rebounds and 4 on the defensive end. He also had one assist.
Taylor played two seasons at Cal Poly after transferring from Hagerstown College. Taylor started every one of Cal Poly's 33 games last season and led the team with a .533 field goal percentage and 6.7 rebounds per game. He finished tied for second on the team with 9.8 points per game.
Taylor finished his Cal Poly career with 52 starts in 64 games played. He averaged 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting .503 from the field and .673 from the free throw line.
Taylor's cousin Jamaal Tinsley has enjoyed a nine year NBA career and spent his first seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers before joining Memphis and Utah.
Taylor is the third Cal Poly men's basketball player to sign a professional contract with a team overseas in the last few years. Last year, former Mustangs Shawn Lewis and Ryan Darling played overseas. Lewis signed with a team in Spain, while Darling played for a team in Germany.
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