Check out this interview published in the Fresno Bee with John Taylor, the former Mott Community College National Player of the Year who is now carving up the NCAA D-II ranks at Fresno Pacific University.
Taylor is averaging nearly 26 points per game, a hefty eight points more than the next best scorer in the PAC West conference.
On Wednesday, Taylor scored 39 points with six assists, five steals and one turnover in a win over Azusa Pacific in the West Regional Championship game.
Question: Things seem pretty easy for you in the Pacific West Conference.
Answer: I wouldn’t say easy. The competition is a lot different. My JUCO year had a lot more competition for me. A lot of players came at me and here I’m just too much for the other team to handle.
Q:So, you set the single-season record. Were you aware of that beforehand?
A:I didn’t know until a couple of games ago. I was just playing and didn’t come here to set records. Now that I set the record, I want to keep at it and add more to it so no one can touch it.
Q: This is probably nothing new to you. I mean at Mott you scored 40 points in at least three games and led your team to a title. What gives? You obviously like shooting the ball.
A: Scoring is a gift that God gave me and can’t no one stop me from playing my game. I have to be confident and be aggressive and try to help my team win.
Q: How did you end up at Fresno Pacific?
A:I got a call from (teammate) Malcolm Griffin and he was asking which school I was going to and he told me he’s coming to Fresno Pacific and that they were going to be in Division II. Then I decided to come here because I like to be at a program that’s up and coming. And I was familiar with assistant Dexter Young.
Q:What is most important to you?
A:Winning. It’s all I think about. When you win, everyone comes together. When you win, no one can say anything. I’m confident enough to know we’ll be champions.
Q: Playing at Mott, did that help you prepare for your transition to D-II?
A: It helped a lot. (Mott coach) Steve Schmidt has a lot to do with my success and how I play. He tells me to keep working and push it and stay consistent and efficient.
Q: You’ve been dominating D-II play. With that in mind, how would you have done in D-I?
A: If I’m in D-I right now, I’m the best player in the country. Nobody, no one, can guard me and stop me.