College basketball: Taylor has the answer for all those hecklers

BY MATT PATTERSON Published: January 25, 2009
Oklahoma Christian forward Jason Taylor is used to getting heckled around the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Some fans call him wishbone, Cyclops or spot because of the streaks of white hair in his left eyebrow, the result of a bout with Vitiligo as a kid growing up in Edmond.

"They pick anything about you and they’ll rag you,” he said with a laugh.

He doesn’t mind. Taylor’s friends and older brother began the heckling when he was in middle school. But it’s easy to see why the 6-foot-7 junior draws attention. He was named NAIA Player of the Week Tuesday and he’s won the SAC Player of the Week award four times this season.

Averaging a league-high 23 points per game, Taylor teams with Jeff Crocker and Kyle Tefft who both average double digits in points for the 14-4 Eagles.

Taylor led the SAC in scoring as a sophomore and is a threat from all over. He can take it inside or he can back out and shoot from the 3-point line, something his high school coach, Ralph Nigro, demanded.

"I was never a true post player when I was younger,” he said "I didn’t like to bang around because I was skinny.