While Mississippi State is already one of the nation’s most highly regarded teams heading into next season, the Bulldogs just added a lethal weapon in Promise Taylor. Having played for the arch-rival Ole Miss Rebels, this is a true steal. The 6’5” phenom was by far and way their best player and has plenty to bring to the table.
Though Taylor will not be eligible to play, she will be learning from the best in coach Vic Schaefer. Mississippi State is in a rare position, as they are in the midst of a rebuild while remaining a championship contender. Taylor is the perfect addition to a young team hungry and poised for another title run.
Though Schaefer will be her primary mentor, Taylor will also have the luxury of Teaira McCowan as a teammate. Given that A’ja Wilson has moved on to the WNBA, McCowan is the game’s best big down low. Taylor is a quick learner and sure to give it her all, as she will be witnessing McCowan’s dominance on both ends of the floor .
Taylor averaged 8.3 points and six rebounds in 31 games played with the Rebels. While those numbers do not jump off the stat sheet, her impact on the court speaks the highest volumes. She plays with emotion and a competitive mindset, ultimately getting in the opposition’s head and throwing them off their game.
Her attitude will be infectious amongst teammates, as Taylor’s grit and fight makes her a perfect fit in Starkville. She is unafraid to take control and unfazed by the moment. Though she knows the game, Taylor is open to learning, something only so many have in the modern era. Mississippi State will have a new look, but will always stick to their roots, as Taylor epitomizes what it truly means to be a Bulldog.