One of the top senior point guards in the Midwest announced his commitment on Tuesday in his high school gym. Ray’Sean Taylor, of Collinsville High School (IL), will be staying close to home as he picked Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and head coach Brian Barone. Barone and staff offered Taylor back in April and he took his official visit to the Edwardsville campus two weeks ago. 

Taylor chose the Cougars over Indiana State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wright State. When asked why he chose SIUE, Collins told us “Coach Barone and the entire staff made sure to make me a priority, every aau game and open gym there was a (SIUE) coach there.”

While Taylor had a few other quality options, he told us that he decided to commit now as “They treated me and my family extremely well and I have a great relationship with every single coach.”

The jet quick point guard is incredibly talented with the ball in his hands. Taylor beats defenders off the dribble with ease with his speed and moves to get into the paint and create issues for opposing defenses. He is able to finish in the paint at a high rate and can distribute it just as well. 

Taylor marks the first commitment for Barone’s 2020 recruitment class. The Cougars are coming off a rough season in which they only won ten games. This upcoming season does look brighter as they do return three of their top four scorers from last season. There could be good opportunity for Taylor from day one as current starting point guard Tyrese Williford is a senior. 

Before he gets to SIUE next fall, Taylor still has a few goals to accomplish at Collinsville High School. He stated that his goals this year include a state championship, being all-state and winning Mr. Basketball.