Michael TaylorUm has landed an EWU Transfer Michael Taylor following the firing of EWU head coach (may not be related incidents). Taylor said “I was just looking for something different.”

Taylor will have to sit out this season and will start with the Grizzlies in the 2008 season.

From the Missoulian

Griz hoops lands transfer from EWU
By BOB MESEROLL Missoulian sports editor

Michael Taylor, who started all but four games last season for Eastern Washington, announced Monday that he will join the Montana men’s basketball team next fall.

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound combination guard, averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 assists per game as a true freshman last season for the Eagles, who finished at 15-14.

“I just didn’t like how it was this year,” Taylor said of his reasons for leaving one Big Sky Conference school for another. “I don’t want to go into too much detail. I was just looking for something different.”

Taylor must sit out next season as a Division I transfer. He’ll still have three years of eligibility left when he joins the Grizzlies’ active roster for the 2008-09 season.

Taylor must pay his way to Montana next season, but will receive a scholarship the following year.

“I’m the oldest of six kids and they’re going to start graduating every couple of years,” said Taylor, who was selected by the Seattle Times as Washington’s 1A player of the year as a senior at Brewster. “I didn’t want my parents to have to deal with too much.”

Read more at the Missoulian

Here is his Bio from the EWU site as it may not last long.

Class: Freshman
Hometown: Brewster, Wash.
High School: Brewster HS ’06
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 190
Position: G
Experience: HS

High School: Graduated from Brewster High School in 2006. Taylor was selected as the State 1A Player of the Year by the Seattle Times, and was also selected by that newspaper as a second team All-State selection including players from all classifications. He averaged 25.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and nearly three steals per game in leading 24-2 Brewster to its second-straight runner-up finish in the State 1A Tournament where he was MVP. Taylor and fellow EWU teammates Chris Sprinker and Jack Loofburrow played together in Washington’s 103-95 loss to Oregon in the Les Schwab Northwest Shootout on April 2, 2006. Loofburrow scored 10 points in the game, with Taylor adding five and Sprinker finishing with three. Taylor, whose father Tim is Brewster’s head coach, helped lead the Bears to a 102-7 record in four seasons. He averaged 20 points, eight assists and nine rebounds as a junior when he made 50 percent of his three-point shots. He was a first team 1A All-State selection from Washington Hoops, and an honorable mention selection by the Associated Press. Taylor was a first team all-tournament selection after averaging 16.8 points in four State 1A tourney games, including 25 in a 59-54 championship game loss in overtime to Bellevue Christian. He teamed with Gonzaga’s David Pendergraft to win State 1A titles in 2003 and 2004, and was a second team all-tournament selection in 2004. Brewster was 28-0 in 2002-03, 27-1 in 2003-04 and 23-4 in 2004-05. Eagle assistant coach Carl Howell – a former head coach at Tacoma Community College – has had a long association with Tim Taylor. In fact, he watched Taylor play at the University of Puget Sound when Howell was a 14 year old. In baseball, he helped lead the Bears to their second-straight State 1A title with a pair of victories May 26-27, 2006, in Yakima, Wash. He pitched a two-hitter in a 5-1 victory over Kalama in the championship game as Brewster won its 49th-straight game dating back to a semifinal loss in the 2004 State Tournament. He finished the title game with 11 strikeouts. In a 22-1 victory over Seattle Christian in the semifinals, he had five RBI in the first inning alone as Brewster scored 11 runs in that frame. He finished his senior year with a batting average of nearly .500 and a 9-0 pitching record with an earned run average of about 2.00.

Personal: Born Jan. 5, 1987, in Wenatchee, Wash. Intends on majoring in construction or technology. Son of Tim Taylor and Sonya Gebbers Taylor. His father