Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: South Bend Riley's Marlon Taylor
South Bend Riley's Marlon Taylor was a key ingredient to the Wildcats success on the basketball court this season.
That's because Taylor does a little bit of everything. The senior was a key player on the Riley basketball team that reached the semi-state.
"I cant give up basketball. I'm really dedicated to basketball and seeing where I can go with that," said Taylor.
But basketball is just one part of Taylor's life. He's an A student with a GPA of 3.8
"Academics is a key to life. Even though people play sports and have big dreams to make it in the big leagues you can also go through academics and make your dream different," Taylor added.
Marlon also shows his artistic side through music, where he is a member of the drum section in the Riley concert Band.
Taylor said, "Music is very fun. It's a view for others into your culture. Music paints a picture to show what kind of character you have."
As well rounded as this Riley Renaissance man already was. Marlon wanted a challenge. Something different, and he found it out on the track.
"Just to get more active in our school besides being a one sport athlete, try something different. It's been very strange for my first time ever in high school history to do something besides basketball. so just gotta get used to it even more and stay composed with it."
But like he has in so many other subjects, Marlon learned quickly how to succeed.
At the South Bend city meet, the first year sprinter captured first place in the 100 meter dash.
"I feel like the rain and the lightning made me run a little faster but it was something different also the coach just said we needed one person to lead and I just felt like I could be that leader that day and be that person to step up so everything just happened. Dreams came true the first city meet," said Taylor.
And that success at the City meet has the already Accomplished senior thinking bigger as the postseason approaches.
"My goal is to take it one meet at a time. Try to get past sectional first. Then go to regional, hopefully make it to regional for my first time and see where we go from there."