Friday, March 25, 2016

2017 Star David Sloan Leaves Taylor County, Plans to Enroll at Ballard

David Sloan, one of Kentucky's top high school players in the Class of 2017, has left Taylor County High School and hopes to enroll at Ballard.

Sloan headed to Taylor County with head coach Rich Gatewood prior to the 2013-14 season.

Gatewood became Sloan's legal guardian several years ago.

Here are details from Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal:

Taylor County coach Richard Gatewood said he became Sloan’s legal guardian a few years ago. Sloan played for Gatewood at Moore as an eighth-grader during the 2012-13 season, and the duo headed to Taylor County the summer before the 2013-14 season.

“The main reason I left Taylor County is because I’m only a teenager and I missed seeing my parents in the stands and my family,” Sloan said. “I just want to play in my city. You only get this opportunity once …

“My freshman and sophomore year I felt good about (Taylor County). But my junior season it started to hit me, and after the season ended it hit me a lot because I wanted to see my parents.”

A 6-foot guard, Sloan averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds this season as Taylor County reached the state tournament for the second straight year, finishing with a 25-9 record after falling to Doss in the quarterfinals.

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