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Old 06-29-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Jeffery Taylor is Charlotte Bobcats pick in 2nd round of NBA Draft

When Jeffery Taylor decided to leave Sweden for New Mexico six years ago, he didnít know the journey would lead him to Charlotte.

But Taylorís decision to pursue his basketball career in the United States made him the first pick in the second round of the NBA draft Thursday night, giving the Charlotte Bobcats a 6-foot, 7-inch small forward with a strong defensive presence.

Taylor is the son of Jeff Taylor, who played briefly for the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons before moving to Sweden where he played professionally and stayed. It was his fatherís legacy at Hobbs High in Hobbs, N.M., that led the younger Taylor to leave Norrkoping, Sweden and his five siblings to play basketball in the United States.

He moved in with his grandmother in Hobbs and eventually led the school to the state championship, averaging more than 30 points per game. It was enough to earn him scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky and Gonzaga. He chose to join the Commodores.

-- Charlotte Observer
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