Posted On: 03/29/19 9:13 PM
In this an era of high flyers, 6-10 Jayson Taylor doesn't play above the rim.
But opponents wouldn't know that.
La Jolla Country Day's starting center, blessed with a 7-0 wingspan and great shot-blocking timing and IQ, proved to be the interior defensive force the Torreys needed to make a run to the program's first state championship.
Taylor averaged 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game, and was huge for Country Day during their playoff run. Exhibit A, the Torreys CIF State regional semifinals win over Fairmont Prep: Taylor notched 12 points, but added 11 rebounds and 8 blocked shots and stifled the Huskies interior attack.
For this, Taylor is the Full-Time Hoops Defensive Player of the year and headlines the San Diego All-Defensive Team, as chosen by Prep Hoops staffer Aaron Burgin.
All Defensive Team
Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 2019 G, Vista
The Avo East Player of the Year was also the league's top on-ball defender, capable of locking down the other team's top offensive threat every night.
Christian Rose, 6-6 2019 F, Bishop's
The most versatile defender in the counter, Rose's unique combination of length, lateral quickness and athleticism allowed him to guard 1-5 on the high school