|High School:||Paul VI (Va.) Catholic High School|
|Other College:||Odessa College/Samford|
Junior college transfer Evan Taylor joins the Husker program, giving the Husker backcourt additional size and experience. Taylor, who began his collegiate career at Samford, played at Odessa College last season, helping the school make its first national tournament appearance since 2001. At 6-foot-5 and 206 pounds, Taylor has the size and physicality to help the Huskers match up in the backcourt. Taylor is a combo guard who can see time at either spot and understands his role well. He will push for time in the Huskers' rotation this season.
Taylor brings experiences to a youthful Husker roster, having spent two years in the collegiate ranks. Taylor spent the 2015-16 season at Odessa (Texas) College, helping the school make its first NJCAA National Tournament appearance since 2001. Taylor started 31 games for Coach Tra Arnold, averaging 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in just 17 minutes per contest, as Odessa College finished with a 27-6 mark. He reached double figures 12 times, including a season-high 17 points against New Mexico JC. He had 12 points, five assists and a pair of rebounds in a 92-86 loss to Salt Lake CC in the second round of the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Odessa College enjoyed a balanced roster en route to winning conference and regional titles in 2016, as they featured four players averaging double figures and nine players averaging at least six points per game.
Taylor began his collegiate career at Samford University, playing in 31 contests for the Bulldogs and Coach Scott Padgett. He was selected to the 2015 SoCon All-Freshman Team, as he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while averaging 1.1 steals per contest. He shot 34 percent from 3-point range during his freshman campaign. Taylor made 15 starts and reached double figures seven times, highlighted by a 21-point effort, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, against Tennessee-Chattanooga, a game in which he also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
He attended Paul VI (Va.) Catholic High School, leading the school to a 31-6 record and a VISAA D1 State championship in 2014. He averaged 8.5 points per game as the only senior on the team. He helped Paul VI HS to its second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in three years, including a 19-point win over DeMatha High School in the championship game. It marked the school’s only two conference titles since the school was formed. He also helped Paul VI to a runner-up finish at the 2013 City of Palms Classic, considered one of the best high school basketball tournaments in the country. Taylor played his AAU ball with Team Takeover and Coach Morello Vest.
Evan is the son of Kyle Taylor and Linda Jones and was born on April 11, 1996 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent most of his youth in Ohio before moving to Florida at age 13 and eventually transferring to Paul VI Catholic High School in high school. He has two sisters, Brittnei and Aubri. Taylor is majoring in sociology at Nebraska. Evan’s father, Kyle, helped Xavier to an appearance in the 1987 NCAA Tournament.