Brandon Taylor Signs With Professional Greek Basketball Club PAOK
Recent Penn State graduate and former men’s basketball forward Brandon Taylor followed the footsteps of former teammate D.J. Newbill and signed an agreement Thursday night with the Greek basketball organization PAOK, inking his way into the professional ranks on, unfortunately, another country’s soil.
This comes as good news for the New Jersey native, as Taylor had doubts of being drafted to the NBA, even after a seemingly successful workout with the Philadelphia 76ers June 21. Once the Sixers deemed he wasn’t the right fit for the organization and signed talented Ben Simmons from LSU in the first round of the draft, Taylor explained that he was grateful for the opportunity regardless of the outcome and continued to pursue other options.
His persistence ultimately landed him a spot on PAOK Thessaloniki, the basketball department of the major Greek multi-sports club A.C. PAOK. The club, which has established a strong reputation in Greek basketball, garnered plenty of success playing in an array of big-time European competitions. Two European Cups, the FIBA Saporta Cup, and the FIBA Korać Cup, are among the list of its most-recent titles. Taylor will be the only American on the eight-man roster.
Taylor took on a more pronounced scoring role during his senior season at Penn State. At 6-foot-6, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. In his final 32 games, he tallied seven 20-point games while shooting 43 percent from the field and a respectable 36 percent from behind the arc.
Penn State fans will undoubtedly support Brandon Taylor as he continues to build his skills and potentially find success overseas. Maybe this step in his career will lead him to a slot on an NBA roster some time in the future, but until then, find BT3 stepping back and draining three’s in Thessaloniki, Greece.