411 on the Forty — Part Three: Get to know Celeste Taylor

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By Riley Zayas

Part 1: Baseball pitcher enters transfer portal
Part 2: Women’s tennis recruiting class ranked first
Part 3: Get to know Celeste Taylor
Part 4: Longhorns speak out

Celeste Taylor is a sophomore guard on the Texas women’s basketball team from Long Island, New York, with extensive experience at the international level.

3 Facts
1. Since she was a seventh grader, Taylor played on the high school varsity team and, more importantly, led the team in scoring. “It was pretty cool to be that young and be that ‘big thing’ in school,” Taylor told Longhorn Network's Alex Loeb.
2. From 2017-19, Taylor won three gold medals with USA Basketball, including two at the FIBA World Cup events.

3. Taylor came to the Forty Acres as the No. 9 guard in the Class of 2019 and a McDonald's All-American.

Taylor was named a 2019 McDonald's All-American (Image from PhiladelphiaBelles.com)

2 Accomplishments
1. Was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week on three different occasions this past season
2. Scored a career-high 27 points in a 86-76 victory over Oklahoma in February.

Freshman guard Celeste Taylor scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Texas women's basketball team to an 86-76 victory over Oklahoma that completed the Longhorns' season sweep of the Sooners (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

1 Quote
Taylor on the new coaching staff:
“I’m super excited to get into this system, new style of play and play under Coach Schaefer and the rest of his coaching staff," Taylor told LHN's Alex Loeb. "They’ve been tremendous help; I’m so blessed to be coached by them. They’re one of the greatest coaching staff’s in the country. He loves defense, and I feel like I’m a great defender, and obviously [I’m] going to get better as the years go by.”

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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