Rock guard receives extra year of eligibility on basketball team

Published by adviser, Author: Madeline Williams - Assistant Sports Editor, Date: May 4, 2012

Senior guard Devin Taylor was approved for another year of eligibility with the Slippery Rock University men’s basketball team.
Last winter, Taylor was the Rock’s top scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. He led the team in rebounding with 9.8 per game.

Taylor ranked 13th nationally in rebounding and led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 265 boards.

He ranked fourth in the PSAC in field-goal shooting percentage with .486 and ranked 19th in the conference in scoring this year.

This season, he earned second team NABC All-Atlantic Region and first team All-PSAC-West honors. Taylor was named the PSAC-West Athlete of the week twice during the season.

Next year will be Taylor’s third season in a Rock uniform. He plans to graduate next May.

He started his collegiate career at LaRoche College in 2004, playing two years for the Redhawks.

He was named as Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference “Newcomer of the Year” and earned honorable mention in the conference during his freshman year.

He did not complete another entire season at LaRoche, and therefore was granted another year with the Rock squad.

“I played a few games during my sophomore season at LaRoche, but due to some family problems and hardships, I left and returned home to work for a few years, until I got a great opportunity to play for Slippery Rock,” Taylor said.

He is very excited for the opportunity for another year to grow with his team.

“My goals for next year are to work with the team and get further than this past season,” Taylor said. “We only made it to the first round of the conference tournament last winter, but I will do my best to improve in rebounding and defense so hopefully we can make a run in the national tournament.”

He is very excited to see what next year has in store for the Green and White.

“We have a lot of returning guys, and we are the closest of friends,” Taylor said. “We really enjoy playing with each other, and I feel that’s really what makes a championship team.”


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