Issaquah Eagles senior forward Asa Taylor, left, prepares to make a move in the low post in an early season game against the Skyline Spartans. Taylor has been on the varsity roster since his sophomore season. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography

Issaquah Eagles senior forward Asa Taylor, left, prepares to make a move in the low post in an early season game against the Skyline Spartans. Taylor has been on the varsity roster since his sophomore season. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography

A powerful presence in the post

Issaquah senior Asa Taylor wants to lead his team to the promised land.

One of the most experienced players on the Issaquah Eagles boys basketball roster wants to see his squad take the next step on the hardwood during the 2018-19 season.

Issaquah senior team captain Asa Taylor, who has been on the varsity roster since his sophomore season, believes this could be a breakthrough season. The Eagles have started off the season with a 2-4 overall record but aren’t getting discouraged.

“We are going to pick it up. We want to win KingCo and we want to go to state (tournament),” Taylor said.

The Eagles gained some valuable confidence in early season action courtesy of a convincing 81-64 win against arch-rival Skyline on the road on Dec. 7.

“It was the best feeling ever. They had a full student section and we had a full student section. It was pretty loud. They’re our biggest rival,” Taylor said.

Taylor is a huge fan of Issaquah first-year head coach Brad Valentine’s coaching style.

“When he came in everyone could tell he was just a good fit right away. He makes us want to work hard,” Taylor said.

Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Taylor a few questions about his life away from the basketball court.

Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Asa Taylor: It is “Like Mike.” It is a basketball movie and it’s funny.

IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

AT: People leaving my door open.

IR: Where do you see yourself in five years?

AT: I see myself playing basketball somewhere.

IR: What is your dream vacation spot?

AT: Las Vegas, Nevada. It is fun and its hot.

IR: How many text messages do you send per day?

AT: I send probably over a 100.

IR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your car right now?

AT: Rap music.

IR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

AT: Lebron James (National Basketball Association legend). He is my favorite player.

IR: What is your favorite hobby away from basketball?

AT: I like to play video games and watch TV.

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