Monday, May 23, 2016

Bellarmine University Signs South Laurel's Caleb Taylor

Bellarmine University recently signed South Laurel High School big man Caleb Taylor for the 2016-17 season. 

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport has announced the signing of another standout Kentucky high school player to a national letter-of-intent. Caleb Taylor of South Laurel High School became the third member of the 2016 Kentucky All-Stars to ink an NLI to play for the Knights next season.

Taylor, a 6-9, 260-pound post player, averaged 14.7 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest last season when he helped lead the Cardinals to a 29-7 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the Sweet 16. A two-time 13th Region Player of the Year, Taylor shot 75.7 percent from the floor and was named second team All-State by the Courier-Journal this year.

"Caleb is a very impressive young man on and off the floor," Davenport said. "He transformed his body as a teenager to make himself into a player! Coach Jeff Davis at South Laurel has done a great job in teaching Caleb the skills necessary to be a complete player. He has great hands and an excellent feel for the game. His future teammates were very impressed with his willingness and desire to play Bellarmine Basketball."

Taylor said he chose Bellarmine because of the people he met on his campus visit. "I really like the campus, facilities and academics at Bellarmine," he said, "but I really chose Bellarmine because of the people. The coaches are great, and I really got along with the players. I just believe I fit in the best at Bellarmine."

In speaking to the Courier-Journal about his college decision, Taylor said, "It's a great opportunity to go to a winning program. I'm going to try to bust my butt and help them get back to another national championship."

Jeff Davis, Taylor's high school coach told the (London, Ky.) Sentinel Echo newspaper, "I think Caleb has a great opportunity to show people that his ceiling is really high. He's a steal in my eyes. I think he's going to really blossom in (Bellarmine's) system. His development from last year to this year has been outstanding, and that's only going to improve. He won't be triple teamed as much as he was in high school, and he will have to learn have to dish it out was well as he receives it."

Taylor joins Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic H.S.) and Alex Cook (Male H.S.) as members of the 2015-16 signing class, and all three have been selected to compete in the annual Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game, which pits the best high school seniors from Kentucky against the best from Indiana. The longstanding series will feature games in Indiana (on June 11) and in Kentucky on June 12. The Kentucky game will be played in Knights Hall.

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