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Mon. March 1, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

The USF Bulls have picked up a commitment from one of the region’s most talented girls basketball prospects. According to the Times’ Greg Auman, Boca Ciega junior guard Tamara Taylor has pledged to that program.

On his USF blog, Auman writes:

There was good news, however, as the Bulls picked up their second 2011 commitment in the past week -- Tamara Taylor, a 5-foot-9 guard who helped Boca Ciega to the state championship game last week, accepted an offer to play for the Bulls starting in 2011-12. Taylor, who averaged 21 points as a junior after making second-team all-state as a sophomore, watched Monday's game from behind the bench with Boca Ciega coach Will White. She'll be the first Pinellas County graduate to play for the Bulls since Jose Fernandez took over as head coach in 2000.

When reached last week, White said Taylor has favored USF throughout the recruiting process.

At the state tournament last week, Taylor was Boca Ciega’s top performer.

In a semifinal win over Pensacola Pine Forest, she totaled 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals. In a loss a day later to Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Taylor was 8 of 19 from the field and finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

--KEITH NIEBUHR

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