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Wisconsin (25-8) is still playing because of Taylor and its recruiting efforts in Minnesota, where Taylor, Jon Leuer, Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren all played in high school.

Taylor said his knowledge of Leuer’s game, plus Ryan’s experience as a point guard was a major draw to Madison. He was also impressed with how he was recruited by associate head coach Greg Gard, Ryan’s key adviser for the last 17 years.

“Coach Gard was always trying to help me out before they had even offered me a scholarship,” Taylor said. “He was trying to help me out and tell me ways I could improve my game. And this was before he knew if I was even good enough to come here. So, I took that to heart.”

Taylor also watched former Badgers point guard Trevon Hughes’ leadership style, so when it became Taylor’s time, he decided to slide into the role.

It was another great choice, even though Taylor defers any credit about his efficiency, saying he never thinks of risks or rewards when making decisions at the helm of the offense.

“I don’t think it’s really something you think about in the game,” Taylor said. “You just play the game, try and take what the defense is giving you. We’ve got a lot of guys who can make plays on our team. We’ve got a lot of guys that can stretch the floor, create space to make plays and make the decisions a lot easier.”