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Shooting Guard extends

Bryce Taylor commits future to Bayern

American Shooting Guard Bryce Taylor has signed a long-term contract with the defending champions, extending until summer of 2016 with an option for another year. The 27-year-old University of Oregon product averaged 11.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in his 47 league matches last season and was a big part of the team's title-winning campaign as Bayern lifted their first league title in 59 years.

"I'm already excited to return to Munich," Taylor said while on holiday. "Munich welcomed me with open arms and I love the city, it's like a second home to me. I'm proud to be a part of the team's exciting future and want to thank Marko and coach Pesic for their trust."

Bayern basketball general director echoed Taylor's excitement. "We brought Bryce over a year ago because we were convinced he would play an important role on our team - and he did just that. He showed up at the right moments last season and developed into a leadership figure in the team. Bryce is an important part of the team's development and we're happy that one of the faces of this team remains with us."

The extension bodes well for the team as it looks to defend their league title in the coming season. Taylor, meanwhile, is setting high goals for himself. "We had a great season with our performances in the Euroleague and winning the BBL title for the first time last year. Our primary goal in the coming season will be to defend the title and make the Top 16 again in the Euroleague."

Bayern kick off their BBL campaign on October 2 in a home game against Mitteldeutschen BC.