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Lucas at Large: While looking back, Taylor, Tolzien eye the future

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4516977_sm.jpgJordan Taylor was understandably excited.

Scott Tolzien was understandably frustrated.

Taylor got invited to a camp - Tolzien is still waiting.

So it goes for two of the highest-profile athletes on the UW campus.

Last weekend, Taylor attended the CP3 Elite Guard Camp in Winston-Salem, N.C.; the home base for Wake Forest University, the former home of CP3: New Orleans point guard Chris Paul.

As you might expect, the CP3 camp attracts some of the best high school guards in the country, including a number of "Five-Star" rated prospects.

The list of college players is even more impressive, a veritable Who's Who, including Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall from North Carolina and Seth Curry and Andrew Dawkins from Duke.

The heavyweight roster also featured Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche of Syracuse; Marcus Denmon of Missouri, Will Barton of Memphis, Kenny Boyton of Florida and, of course, Taylor.

Here's what a couple of bloggers (Marcus Shockley and James Blackburn) wrote about Taylor: "Solid, smart-great defender-high release-shot has little hitch. Went through drills very hard. Has a strong upper body. Great defense in 1 on 1 drill.

"Had a great defensive trip against Chris Paul, forcing Chris into a tough fade away that hit the side of the backboard. Explosive and can get to rim and go to middle - loves little right hand/floater. Shawn Marion type shot. Future pro.''

Here's what Taylor had to say before leaving for the camp: "I'm going there with an open mind. It just seems like a good opportunity to meet some new guys, play with some new faces and learn some new things from one of the best point guards, if not the best point guard in the world, Chris Paul.''

Taylor has also been invited to the tryouts for Team USA, which will compete in the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China (Aug. 13-23). The USA camp is in Colorado Springs (July 29-Aug. 7).

"The last time I tried out for a team was probably the sixth or seventh grade," Taylor said, chuckling. "I'll prepare for that camp just like I'm preparing for the season: by staying in the gym and improving on the things that I need to improve on."

Tolzien, meanwhile, is waiting for the lockout to end so he can get into a camp; any NFL training camp. As an undrafted free agent, Tolzien has been in limbo for awhile. All he can do is work out.

"It's frustrating because it gets repetitive when you're putting yourself through the same workout routine every day,'' he said. "At the same time, you realize that you're only going to get one shot at this (making an NFL roster) and you'd be crazy not to be in the best shape.

"That's what carries you forward - making sure you give yourself the best opportunity to succeed at the next level - since it's all about controlling what you can control. That's my focus.''

You can read more about Taylor and Tolzien in this week's issue of Varsity as the two reminisce about the Badgers' pair of victories over No. 1 Ohio State last season.

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