Gabe Taylor has been the leader of the pack as Gulliver Prep chases the Class 6A Boys Basketball State Championship.
“[This season] has been great, I’ve been playing at my best and I’ve proved I am the best point guard in Miami”, said Taylor.
Gulliver Prep (21-6), won the district championship last week in a 75-47 win over Key West.
”We’ve proved we’re the best team in Miami. And this run will be unforgettable.
Taylor has had his best season on the court, even after a record breaking football season.
The 5-foot-10 guard is also a three-star safety and recently committed to Rice University. He recorded 10 interceptions, in which he has returned five for touchdowns.
Taylor’s numbers on the hardwood have been nothing but exceptional. He’s averaging 21.7 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 3.5 steals per game.
Gabe recorded the first quadruple double in school history. He finished with 21 points, 11 assist, 10 rebounds, and 10 steals in a 68-33 win over Oxbridge Academy.
Taylor is excited for the regional playoffs to kick off, as Gulliver Prep hosts Hallandale on Thursday.
“The excitement really, in highschool this is our little March Madness. You never know what’s going to happen. You have to come and compete. It’s good that we’re the host, we have not lost at home. It’s very hard to beat us there; our student body comes out, supports, and gets into the opponents head. So their like another defender”, said Taylor.
‘Playoff Gabe’ is ready to be unleashed on Thursday. His goal is to win a state championship in his final season as a Raider. However his mentality has not changed: “It’s the same thing every game. I play like it’s my last. Who ever we play we’re going to take confidence out your conscience and make you feel like you can’t play with us.“
Gulliver plays in a stacked 6A region with programs such as defending state champions’ University School and Stranahan. In addition to Tampa Catholic, Pinecrest, Lake Highland Prep, and Paxon.
The road to a state ring is not easy, but Taylor is not phased. “ [We have to] do what we’ve been doing. Find the head of the snake of the team and cut the head.”
And to those who doubt him, he loves being the underdog. “I hope you don’t leave, you guys are my best friend”