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Kelly Graves, Oregon WBB lands Top-25 guard Taylor Bigby in 2021 class originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
After signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in the class of 2020 featuring a total of five five-star recruits, the Oregon women’s basketball team and head coach Kelly Graves continued that recruiting momentum in the class of 2021.
Graves has landed Top-25 national ranked, 3x State Champion, the Gatorade and Nevada Player of the Year Taylor Bigby in the class of 2021. Bigby is the No. 29 ranked recruit in the nation according to espnW, the No. 28 overall by Prospect Nation and No. 24 by ASGR.
On Wednesday, the 6’1” guard from North Las Vegas, Nevada signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Ducks.
“Taylor is a very talented guard with the ability to play all three positions,” said Graves. “Her versatility, especially on the defensive end, will definitely make us a stronger unit. Taylor plays extremely hard, attacks the basket hard, and is elite in transition.
Her unique skill set, her team-first attitude, her mental toughness and her winning past make her a perfect fit for our program.
Oregon women's basketball coach Kelly Graves
Bigby led Centennial to a 24-6 record and a sixth-straight Class 4A state championship as a junior, averaging 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Fun fact: Bigby went to the same high school (Centennial) as former Oregon men’s basketball star Troy Brown, who played just one season in Eugene, Oregon before taking his talents to the NBA Draft. He now plays for the Washington Wizards.
“Taylor is a special talent and we are proud to have been a part of her basketball journey,” said Karen Weitz, Bigby’s head coach at Centennial High School. “Her speed and quickness paired with her length makes her a tough matchup and is why she is one of the top guards in the country. Taylor’s strong work ethic will allow her to continue to be one of the best moving forward.”
“Taylor Bigby is a strong character, very coachable, highly skilled, athletic and smart basketball player,” said Elbert Kinnebrew, Bigby’s club coach. “Her excellent work ethic will allow her to thrive under coach Kelly Graves and the Oregon Ducks.”
Duck fans will have to wait one year to see Bigby in green and yellow, but she will add to an already talented group that will lose just two seniors after this upcoming season: Forwards Erin Boley and Lydia Giomi.