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Sources say FAU guard Ray Taylor turning pro

UPDATED AT 12:08 p.m.

Ray Taylor is going pro.

Read that sentence again. I am not making it up.

Sources close to the program have told Owl Access that Ray Taylor has played his last game at FAU.

FAU officially confirmed our report with a press release.

"Florida Atlantic University guard Raymond Taylor has announced that he will forgo his senior season to pursue his professional basketball career," the release stated.

We are still not certain that Taylor has signed with an agent, but once that happens it will remove all opportunity to return. Taylor apparently does intend to sign with an agent, and he has that person in mind, according to sources.

Taylor, who would have been a senior next season, intends to play professionally next year – likely overseas. It is also believed he will make himself eligible for this year's NBA draft.

Listed at 5-foot-6, Taylor led the Owls in assists last season and his 8.9 points per game trailed only Greg Gantt.

A pre-season All-Sun Belt selection, Taylor's play irked FAU coach Mike Jarvis much of the season. During post-game press conferences the coach frequently discussed the selfish play of some Owls – at times singling out Taylor.

He is the second player with remaining eligibility who won't return to the Owls following their disappointing 11-19 record this season. Last week we told FAU fans that forward Kore White will not be with the team next season and reported that it was possibility Taylor wasn't coming back either. Apparently, that's exactly what is going to happen.

March 20, 2012

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