[Mike Mantucca for Shaw Media]
He wanted to go further in the playoffs than ex-Hilltopper star Justin Pierce ever went, to sectionals. He wanted to make all-conference. He wanted to become Glenbard West's all-time leading scorer.
"The biggest thing," Taylor said, "is I wanted to leave a legacy that people can look up to me in the most positive way possible."
Taylor did not realize every goal.
There's little doubt, though, about the kind of young man Glenbard West will remember him as.
On the court, Taylor indeed will graduate as the program's career scoring leader. He achieved that in a regional win over Naperville North, finishing with 1,479 points. This season, the 6-foot-6 Southern Illinois recruit averaged 21.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the 20-10 Hilltoppers.
Those numbers, though, hardly tell the whole story of the Suburban Life Player of the Year.