Chicago Guards Gets Gopher Looks

Diamond Taylor gets visit from Gopher coach

Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor watched Chicago junior guards Chris Colvin, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder from Chicago (IL) Whitney Young, and Diamond Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 155 pounder from Westchester (IL) St. Joseph, participate in open gyms Tuesday. Both guards have two Big Ten offers already and figure to be involved in highly competive recruiting fights.

Diamond Taylor visited Wisconsin and Illinois in September and picked up offers from both schools. Taylor previously visited Bradley, Southern Illinois, Marquette and Notre Dame and picked up offers from all four schools.

Taylor is ranked in a five-way tie as the top player in Chicago by ChicagoHoops.com. He plays for the Illinois Wolves AAU team. St. Joseph's finished 23-5 last season and lost to eventual state champion Simeon 75-61 in the playoffs.

Taylor figures to take more of a leadership and scoring load this season with the graduation of Evan Turner, who is a freshman at Ohio State.

Chris Colvin has scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Miami of Ohio and Northern Illinois and interest from Bradley, Miami of Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming.

Colvin will lead a Dolphin team that must replace Dwight McCombs, who is a freshman at Miami of Ohio. Young has plenty of talent, including senior A. J. Rompza and sophomores Anthony Johnson and Ahmad Starks.

Minnesota is looking for guard depth with the graduation of Lawrence McKenzie. They currently have sophomore guards Lawrence Westbrook and Kevin Payton and freshmen Al Nolen and Blake Hoffarber on their roster. Westbrook and Payton combined for just 5.7 points per game as freshman last year.

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