Photo Credit: Jacinthe LeBlanc
(Moncton, NB) The 2019 NBL Canada Champion Moncton Magic announced today their first official signing for the upcoming season. Fan favorite Denzell Taylor has re-signed with the club for his third consecutive season, a signing that Head Coach and GM of Player Operations Joe Salerno says was high on their priority list.
"Denzell was an anchor for us all season. He is exactly what we look for in players. A blue-collar guy who knows his role, and flourishes in it. He was outstanding for us last season, especially on the defensive end of the floor and will be a vital piece once again this season for our club."
Taylor, a 6'7" forward from Brampton, Ontario was named to the NBL's All-Defensive team last season. Starting in over 31 games for the Magic last season, he averaged 5.8 points, to go along with a team high 7.6 rebounds per game. He will now bring back a veteran mindset, and a consistent presence on the defensive end of the floor that played such an important piece in the Magic's Championship run.
"Zell does all the little things and does them so well. He is the type player that every successful team has. He is about contributing, doing his job, and winning. It's been a pleasure seeing his growth over the last two seasons, and I look forward to seeing him take even more steps forward this year" stated Salerno.
For Taylor, who splits time in the off-season between his hometown of Brampton, and training at his former University Old Dominion, in Norfolk, Virginia, its all about continuing to build.
"I am excited to be back for my third year with such a great organization. I can't wait to get back to Moncton and start building off of last season's success."
Taylor will be joining the Magic at their youth summer camp next week taking place at Moncton high School. Look for more player signing announcements in the coming weeks, as the Magic start to prepare for their third season in the NBL, and to defend their National Championship.
About MONCTON MAGIC Headquartered in Moncton, NB, the MONCTON MAGIC is a professional basketball organization that operates under a licensing agreement with the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). The team will play its games in a two-conference league with clubs located in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
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