SEC All-Freshman center Promise Taylor joins Mississippi State

The 6-foot-5 Taylor inked with the Bulldogs after deciding to transfer from Ole Miss following a 2017-18 season that saw her earn SEC All-Freshman Team laurels.

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:20 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - An opportunity to develop her game under Naismith National Coach of the Year Vic Schaefer was what helped Promise Taylor decide to further her collegiate career at Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-5 Taylor inked with the Bulldogs after deciding to transfer from Ole Miss following a 2017-18 season that saw her earn SEC All-Freshman Team laurels.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play basketball with such a proven team," Taylor said. "This is a dream come true, and I am happy to begin living the dream. Mississippi State basketball prides itself on being professional on and off the court, which has led to remarkable outcomes. I chose Mississippi State because I want to be part of that success. Praise the Lord and Go Dawgs!"

The Issaquah, Wash., native helps give MSU one of the tallest front courts in the country, and she will have the opportunity to grow her game alongside First Team All-American and Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year Teaira McCowan under the guidance of Schaefer and associate head coach Johnnie Harris, the 2018 WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

Taylor, who will have three years of eligibility, emerged as one of the league's top post talents last season, averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She was efficient with her opportunities, leading the conference in field goal percentage with a 60.7-percent mark.

She made it tough on opponents in the paint, blocking an Ole Miss-record 82 shots for a 2.6 average that was third in the league. She set the Rebels' season swats record in the same game she rejected an Ole Miss single-game best 10 shots.

"We are excited to add Promise Taylor, one of the best freshmen in the Southeastern Conference, to our program," Schaefer said. "Promise is a proven player in our league, earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors after being one of the best shot-blockers in the conference. We enjoyed getting to know Promise and her mother on their visit, and we know that she will be a tremendous addition to the Mississippi State family. We appreciate her mother's trust and confidence in our staff and program. Promise brings experience and success to our program, and we are excited to know she will have three great years wearing the Maroon and White."

Taylor also topped the SEC from the field in league games, knocking down 65.5 percent (55-of-84). In 16 conference games, Taylor averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while swatting 39 shots, an SEC third-most 2.4 blocks per game.

Before making the trek to the "Magnolia State," Taylor was a four-star standout by Prospects Nation and one of the top players in Washington out of Sammamish High School. A dual-sport athlete who also excelled on the volleyball court, Taylor averaged 23.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.3 blocks per game as a senior to lead her team to the playoffs.

She scored double figures in every game of her final prep season, grabbing 10-plus rebounds in all but one contest. Taylor had a season-high 21 rebounds in a win against Interlake, and she recorded 18 blocked shots against Mountain Terrace.

Taylor played AAU basketball with the Greyhounds

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