Gahanna Lincoln’s Taylor picks Ohio U

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Gahanna Lincoln senior Stevie Taylor chose OU over Toledo and Richmond.

After years of showing up on internet sites, in magazine publications,
and being talked about amongst the nation’s elite point guards, Gahanna
Lincoln’s Stevie Taylor will finally enter his senior year. Before the
electric 5-foot-9 point guard starts his final school year though, he
decided to make his college decision.


After years of showing up on internet sites, in magazine publications, and being talked about amongst the nation’s elite point guards, Gahanna Lincoln’s Stevie Taylor will finally enter his senior year. Before the electric 5-foot-9 point guard starts his final school year though, he decided to make his college decision.

Taylor, in a phone conversation today with Ohio University Head Coach John Groce, gave the Green and White a verbal commitment.

“It was a great fit at Ohio and the fact that it is close to home,” Taylor noted.

The Bobcats run plenty of on-the-ball screens for the guards and they like to get out and run in transition, which plays right into the hands of Taylor’s game.

We would challenge anyone to name another player which has played more basketball games under the age of 18 than Taylor. We first caught wind of Taylor when the youngster was in fifth grade playing for his father (Rob) with the Columbus Jaguars. Taylor was under five-feet tall in those days, but capturing the attention of the national crowd.

“It is a bit of a relief to get it over with,” said Rob Taylor. “It still seems a little funny with all that went into basketball over the years.”

Taylor averaged just less than 17 points per game and three assists for Gahanna Lincoln as a junior in helping them to a bunch of firsts. The Golden Lions recorded their first unbeaten regular season, first district and regional championships, and first state tournament appearance. In doing so, Taylor was instrumental in taking down the then No. 1 team in the country, Columbus Northland in the regional final.

Taylor chose the Bobcats over Toledo and Richmond. The Bobcats are coming off a dramatic MAC Tournament Championship along with a first-round NCAA Tournament upset of Georgetown.

Interesting to note, Taylor was limited the entire month of July with a leg injury which forced him into a spot-up shooter role. Though, the flamboyant All-Ohio Red guard stuck it out and made some quality showings in spite of the injury.

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