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Another Point Guard Headed To FIU

Pt Phil Taylor, a point guard from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, has committed to play for FIU and new basketball coach Isiah Thomas.

Taylor, who is 5-9, 160 pounds, will be a senior this coming fall at Wheeler and would join the Panthers for the 2010-11 season.

Besides FIU, Taylor was being recruited by Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Auburn, North Carolina State, Richmond and Xavier.

Taylor is in Fort Lauderdale until Thursday playing in an AAU tournament at Northeast High School. Last season for Wheeler, Taylor averaged: 21 points per game, 5 rebs, 7 asts and 3 steals.

Taylor says about his decision to commit to FIU: "Coach Thomas has made the situation feel like another family to me. It's going to be a great experience playing for him."

"Coach Thomas is going to groom me to be as good as he was. He's a Hall of Famer and who better to learn basketball from than the greatest point guard to play the game."

Taylor also added: "I know a lot of the top guys and I'm going to do my best to get them to come play with me at FIU."

Taylor would join power forward Brandon Moore as part of FIU's 2010-11 class.

For this coming season, FIU has signed point guard Phil Gary, shooting guards/small forwards Stephon Weaver and Antoine Watson and power forwards Marvin Roberts and Kavon Lytch.

Center Chris Coleman, who committed to FIU last week, is for the 2011-12 season.

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Apaw Will have strength coach Rod Moore and his thoughts and numbers on the Panthers off-season conditioning program on the blog on Monday at some point. Got some non-FIU stuff to work on Monday, but will get to the Panthers pumping iron.

Gooch7: PETE: Is there a way of knowing what Bowl Game (Realistically) FIU can play if they finish the season 7-5? I know if they win the conference they play in the New Orleans Bowl but what other Bowls can they play at with that type of record?

PP: The Sun Belt has bowl tie-ins with the St. Petersburg Bowl, Papa Johns Bowl and Independence Bowl as the first alternate for each of those bowls. But FIU could wind up in any number of bowls depending on what those particular bowls are looking for. The Florida Atlantic Hooters ended up in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit last season and that bowl has no tie-ins with the Sun Belt. On July 13, 2009 your question is tough to answer. Here is a blog I wrote last season with some examples of bowls FIU could play in: FIU Bowl Possibilites from 2008

alt7787: I keep hearing conflicting reports about a Dan Uggla trade. Some say the Marlins have not tried to trade him and do not plan on doing so, while other reports say that there were "discussions". What do you know about a Dan Uggla trade?

PP: I've heard both, but Jeremy Hermida has been the player the Marlins have been shopping the most. With the way Chris Coghlan has developed the Marlins could trade Uggla. Coghlan is a second baseman playing out of position in left field. However, the Marlins like Uggla's power (16 HR, 50 RBI) and on-base ability (50 walks) which makes up for his average (.227) and lack of fielding range. He is making $5 million, which is too expensive for the penny-pinching Marlins ownership. I think trading Uggla depends on if the Marlins can get what they need (a middle of the order power bat or a reliable closer). The problem with making trades now is that 20 of the 30 teams are still in the playoff hunt so 2/3rds of the major leagues are looking to improve before the July 31 trade deadline. 

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