SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly men's basketball team added experience, depth and size to its post presence for future seasons on Wednesday afternoon with the announcement from 10th-year head coach Joe Callero that 6-7, 260-pound forward Nolan Taylor has transferred into the program from Pepperdine.
Taylor will redshirt the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2019-20 season.
"Nolan brings great size, strength and skill to our program," Callero said. "He's a very outgoing and intelligent transfer. We watched him play with fellow Mustang Mark Crowe in summer tournaments and loved his ability to score and willingness to make the right play. Injuries cut his sophomore year short, but we expect a full recovery and immediate contributions to the scout team during his redshirt season."
Playing in Pepperdine's first 15 games as a sophomore last season before sustaining a shoulder injury, Taylor averaged 8.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Taylor scored in double figures six times, including a season high 17-point performance during a 70-59 victory versus UC Riverside (Dec. 5). During Cal Poly's 91-81 win against Pepperdine inside Mott Athletics Center (Dec. 2), Taylor finished with 14 points.
As a freshman during the 2016-17 season, Taylor started 20 of 24 games while averaging 7.1 points and 3.7 boards per night. A seven-time double-digit scorer during his first year with the Waves, Taylor produced career highs for points (20) and rebounds (10) in a Feb. 25 matchup versus San Francisco.
A 2016 graduate of Keller (Texas) HS, Taylor majored in organizational communications at Pepperdine.
The sixth addition to Cal Poly's incoming 2018-19 class, Taylor joins 6-4 junior guard Job Alexander (Brown Deer, Wisc./Trinidad State), 6-10 freshman forward Tuukka Jaakkola (Helsinki, Finland/Helsinki Basketball Academy), 6-7 freshman forward Daxton Carr (Pocatello, Idaho/Highland HS), 6-3 freshman guard Junior Ballard (Stockton, Calif./Modesto Christian School) and 6-6 freshman forward Kyle Colvin (San Luis Obispo, CA/Mission Prep HS).