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WPA’s Taylor gets a chance with JCC basketball

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Wilson Prep Academy graduate Cody Taylor didn’t catch the eye of many college basketball coaches, but he did catch the attention of Johnston Community College second-year head coach Hollis “Jay” Creecy.

Taylor, who recently signed with JCC of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III Region X, was tasked with running an offense with the Tigers that included Righteous Tomlin and Tyronne Whitaker Jr., both of whom averaged more than 18 points per game. Taylor’s numbers weren’t eye-popping at five points, about two assists and a pinch over a steal per game, but Creecy saw someone that could help him change the culture of the Jaguars, who have gone 9-44 in the last two seasons. Taylor is a part of Creecy’s first recruiting class because he took the job in September 2018 and didn’t get to recruit.

“I like Cody’s ability; he’s a floor general and a little, heady guard,” Creecy said of the 5-foot-10 Taylor. “He plays with an edge, with a toughness about him. He knows who to get the ball to, he knows how to facilitate and distribute and it’s important because it’s only one basketball. He’s someone that can set the table, that’s vocal and not afraid to speak up, I like his intensity, I think overall he’s just a kid that can help us here.”

The Jaguars were the only team to offer Taylor a scholarship to continue playing basketball, but he is excited to get to work with Creecy. Taylor dealt with a new coach, Craig Wilson, in his senior season at Wilson Prep and said the experience of dealing with a new coach should help him adjust to Creecy and the next level.

“It’s a new coach so we’re all new players coming in so we’re learning him and he’s learning us,” Taylor said. “I’m going to come in strong, have a good mindset about it and be ready to run the team.”

The son of Charlotte Bullock will major in business administration.