The Halifax Hurricanes announce the signing of Jahmel Taylor, a 6' 180 lb combo guard who recently graduated from Fresno State University in May. Taylor, from Los Angeles, California was touted as one of the nation's best 3-point shooters in NCAA Division 1 basketball. In his 2016-17 season as a junior, Taylor ranked fourth in the country in 3-point shooting (81-for-181, 44.8 percent). In a span of three games that year he made 11 consecutive 3 pointers. In his senior year he played in 33 games with 28 starts and averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is currently second all-time at Fresno State in 3-point field goal percentage (105-for-239, 43.9 percent).
"I am very excited to have an opportunity to play for the Halifax Hurricanes. I wanted to join an organization that had a strong foundation and winning mindset. My goal is to give 100% effort each day and add more value to a team of winners" says Jahmel.
Taylor collected his second straight selection as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. He graduated as an economics major in Fresno State's prestigious Craig School of Business and previously also earned the NABC's highest academic honor for the 2015-16 season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that college basketball student-athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
"We are very pleased to announce the signing of Jahmel today," says Head Coach Mike Leslie. "He shoots the ball extremely well from beyond the 3 point arc, handles the ball well in the back court and is a very unselfish teammate. As well, Jahmel's academic record speaks for itself. He is a very bright, talented and well-rounded young man who is very excited to come to Halifax to begin his professional career. He will be a great role model in our community and a sharpshooter on the basketball court."