Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Jermaine Taylor from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Taylor was assigned to the Vipers on Jan. 28.

“Jermaine made the immediate impact we had hoped for with a pair of 30-point games with the Vipers,” said Rockets Vice President of Basketball Operations and Rio Grande Valley General Manager Gersson Rosas. “He really made the most with his extended minutes with the Vipers, which shows us his ability to apply the things he has learned during his time with the Rockets and translate that into furthering his basketball development.”

Taylor (6-4, 210, Central Florida) averaged 21.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.25 steals in four games (one start) with Rio Grande Valley. He also posted back-to-back 30-point outings with the Vipers at Albuquerque, netting 30 points (11-14 FT) on Feb. 2 and scoring 32 points (14-23 FG) on Feb. 3. A rookie out of Central Florida, Taylor has averaged 2.4 points and 0.2 assists in 13 games with the Rockets this season. Taylor, who had his draft rights acquired by Houston from Washington on June 25, 2009, was selected by the Wizards in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.