BATTLE CREEK – The men's basketball program hit the road Thursday (May 29) en route to Battle Creek to add key veteran experience to their lineup with the signing of Kellogg Community College standout Nate Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich.). Taylor's signing marks the first transfer commit for head coach Craig Covington and the Mustangs as the team prepares to take a huge step forward next season.
Taylor, a 6'5 forward and 2012 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS), joins former high school teammate and 2013-14 USCAA All-American, Diante Taylor, on the Mustangs roster for the upcoming season. The pair will reunite for their final two seasons of college basketball at the Detroit-based, four-year private institution.
As a Bearcat at BCCHS, [Nate] Taylor hoarded honors for his work on the hardwood by earning spots on the All-Conference Second Team and All-City Second Team. Taylor's senior season culminated with a nod on the All-State Honorable Mention Team and an eventual trip down the road to play for his hometown school, Kellogg Community College.
After arriving at Kellogg, Taylor burst onto the junior college basketball scene to make an immediate impact as a freshman for the Bruins. Taylor again earned his fair share of accolades, this time at the collegiate level, by being named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) All-Conference Second Team and All-Freshmen Team. For his efforts, Taylor was honored as the MCCAA's Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
A well-rounded player, Taylor took his game to another level as a sophomore by averaging 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for Kellogg. Taylor led the Bruins in scoring and rebounding and was ranked in the top ten nationally at the junior college level in rebounds per game after appearing in all 27 games during the 2013-14 season. Showcasing his offensive balance as a sophomore, Taylor dropped in 46.2% of his field goal attempts and 34.6% of his attempts from three-point land.
COACH COVINGTON'S TAKE
"Nate brings plenty of needed versatility to our squad with his ability to play multiple positions," said Covington about his latest recruit. "He gives us added length and experience and will fit in nicely with our veteran core of returners next season. I want Nate to continue to bring his well-rounded approach to the game and passion for winning when he arrives on our campus. Nate is very coachable and is eager to help us achieve our goals. I look forward to coaching him and the rest of the guys next season."