NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team and head coach Dave Davis announces the early signing of 6-foot-6 Brandon Taylor of Coshocton, Ohio. Taylor is only the second early signee in Davis' 29-year coaching career.
Taylor can play any position on the floor and has played most of his sophomore and junior years playing point guard, while leading his team to back-to-back league titles. He was named first team all-Eastern District, first team District 5 and was also a first team all-league Selection.
Brandon was also named one of the top 50 players in the state of Ohio. As a junior Taylor averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and set the school record for assists in a game.
Coshocton head coach Tom Hilgenberg said "Brandon wants to be coached to win championships and has only scratched the surface of how good he can be. He always has his team first in mind and has solid family surroundings who are very supportive.”
“My assistant coach Justin Furr deserves all the credit for signing Brandon,” said Davis. “Justin is an incredible coach and recruiter. Brandon Taylor is clearly a Division I player and he is the type of young man we must attract at Newberry College to compete for a national championship. We saw Brandon for the first time at our summer camp and each of our coaches were immediately impressed and we offered him a scholarship.
"He is versatile and can play anywhere for us. His basketball IQ is very high and he has a true understanding of the game. He can shoot the three, post you up and win games for us with his ability to pass the basketball. He is playing for an excellent high school coach in Tom Hilgenberg and he will come to us prepared for most of what we will throw at him. We are very fortunate to land a player a Brandon's quality, particularly in the early signing period.
"Adding Brandon Taylor to last year's seven freshman recruiting class gives us a group that can compete for championships right away and for the next three to four years,” Davis added.