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Kevion Taylor joins Whitnall basketball teammate Tyler Herro in making his college choice early.

Taylor, a senior, signed a national letter of intent to attend and play at Winona State University in Minnesota.

The signing gives the 2016-17 Whitnall boys squad at least two college players, because Herro, a junior this year, had earlier verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin.

Taylor had narrowed his choices to Winona State and South Dakota State but made up his mind after visiting Winona State.

"It felt like home," he said. "I could have committed right there, but I decided to wait a bit. I like the environment and the people there. I felt a bond with the other players right away, and I fit in the system they run."

Winona State coach Todd Eisner is happy to have Taylor, who averaged 19.1 points and 7.1 rebounds last season for the Falcons' WIAA state tournament squad.

"Kevion is the type of player that is becoming more popular in today's game," Eisner said, "someone who brings great versatility to a lineup and can play multiple positions. Defensively, we believe he can guard any position, which will allow us great flexibility on that end of the floor.

"Kevion has a very solid frame and moves his feet really well, and we think he will embrace the role of being a defensive stopper. Offensively, Kevion is a difficult matchup because he can knock down shots from the perimeter, attack defenses with the dribble and post up inside."

Taylor, who shot 55 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range, was named first-team all-Woodland Conference East Division and honorable mention all-state as well as making the Now Newspapers All-Suburban team.

Like Herro, he is relieved to have the recruiting process and decision behind him.

"Now I can just worry about helping get the team back to state," he said of the Falcons. "I think we will be better than last year. We will face high expectations, and we have to meet them."

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