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Mount Vernon’s Marlon Taylor inks contract with Washington Wizards

Mount Vernon native Marlon Taylor’s hoop dreams are coming true as he finds his home in the NBA for his rookie year, signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, November 28th the team announced in a release. The former LSU forward who was an undrafted free agent played the past two seasons for the Tigers as a part of an SEC Championship team and another team that finished with a likely NCAA Tournament bid.

As a junior in 2018-19, Taylor started 24 games and averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. With a 42.5-inch vertical leap, Taylor was one of the tops at taking alley-oop passes for spectacular dunks which delighted LSU fans, two of which made ESPN SportsCenter’s Plays of the Day.

His senior season was slowed by surgery on his left leg which limited him to 21 games. But he had his best career game in the final game of his LSU career to close the regular season, making 10-of-17 field goals, with three treys, in scoring 30 points in a 94-64 win at home over Georgia.

He played 56 total games in his two years at LSU, averaging 6.4 points with 27 total starts. Taylor graduated in August in LSU’s virtual ceremony with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports administration from the College of Human Sciences and Education.

Marlon Taylor had been thrust into the Mount Vernon basketball program in early 2015 at the urging of a grandmother who simply wanted him to be constructive. The baseball coach, Ernie Richardson, brought him to Bob Cimmino, who found an athletic teenager with basically zero experience.

The 6-foot-5 Taylor had actually never played any serious organized basketball. There was no Junior Knights, no junior varsity and, because of it, almost no junior year, either.

“At tryouts his 11th-grade year, I’m looking at him. He had passed all his classes, but I didn’t need him,” Mount Vernon Knights head coach shared with lohud after the game. “But I’m watching him and I’m saying, ‘He might be a pro someday, and I don’t want to be the one who cut him.'”

Not even two years after the raw forward surfaced, there he stood in the center of it all — vast potential come to life. In his first season as a varsity contributor, Taylor played a fourth quarter to remember on Sunday< march 1, 2015, at the Westchester County Center, leading No. 2 Mount Vernon to a 78-67 victory over No. 5 Clarkstown South in the Class AA championship game.

Taylor overcame foul trouble to score 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and grab 10 rebounds off the bench. His play allowed the Knights (18-3) to score 27 points over the final 6:45 after Clarkstown South had pulled ahead 53-51.

The contract for the former Mount Vernon Knight amd former LSU forward is a one-year, minimum salary NBA contract with a specific Exhibit 10 attachment built into it and no other bonuses. Exhibit 10 attachments allow NBA teams to convert a player’s one-year, minimum contract into a two-way contract, but this has to occur prior to the start of the regular season. Taylor will be part of Washington’s training camp and will be eligible for a bonus of of $5,000 to $50,000 if he is waived and joins the team’s G League affiliate.

He’d also make a salary with his G League team, in addition to his bonus. NBA teams can have no more than six players with Exhibit 10 attachments on their team at any given time.

Mount Vernon High School is in the top 20 High School to produce the most NBA Players. Black Westchester congratulates Marlon Taylor, the latest Mount Vernonite on his way to the NBA for inking a deal with the Washington Wizards.

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