Saturday, March 23, 2013

SRU's Taylor Named to All-Region Honor

SRU's Devin Taylor earns Daktronics all-region honor

Rock senior men's basketball forward Devin Taylor was named to D2SIDA Daktronics Division II Atlantic Region second-team honors by the region's sports information directors

FAIRMONT, W. Va. – Slippery Rock University men's basketball senior forward Devin Taylor was named Thursday as a D2SIDA Daktronics Division II Atlantic Region second-team performer in voting by the region's sports information directors.

Taylor is The Rock's leading scorer and rebounder with per-game averages of 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds. He ranks second among PSAC players and 12th among all Division II players in rebounds.

A native of New Castle and graduate of New Castle High School, Taylor also leads The Rock in “double-doubles” (10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds in the same game) with 13.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Taylor is shooting 47% from the field, 24% from 3-point range and 77% from the foul line. He also has 28 assists, 24 blocked shots and 22 steals in 29 games this winter.

A first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division selection in both 2012 and 2013 and National Association of Basketball Coaches second-team all-region selection in 2012, Taylor ranks 13th on SRU's career rebounding chart with 720 and is 14th in career scoring with 1,107 points in his three-year Rock career.

Taylor began his collegiate career at La Roche College, where he scored 379 points and grabbed 201 rebounds in two seasons. He was granted a fifth season of eligibility last summer by the NCAA.

Behind Taylor's lead, The Rock compiled a 22-8 overall record this winter, tied for second place in PSAC-Western Division regular-season competition and claimed a runner-up finish in the conference's postseason tournament.

Taylor and The Rock will make their second appearance in NCAA Division II regional competition this weekend. SRU, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, meets second-seeded Winston-Salem State (21-6) in a 2:30 p.m. first-round game Saturday at West Liberty University.

The D2SIDA all-region and All-America teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. Members of D2SIDA, the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association, select the teams.

The complete first- and second-team D2SIDA Daktronics Division II All-Atlantic Region team roster included:

First Team
* Alex Falk, West Liberty (Sr., G, Upper Sandusky, Ohio)
Whis Grant, East Stroudsburg (So., G, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
Trevin Parks, Johnson C. Smith (Sr., G, Hickory, N.C.)
Angelo Sharpless, Elizabeth City State (Sr., G, Plymouth, N.C.)
Byron Westmorland, Bowie State (Sr., F, Baltimore, Md.)
* Atlantic Region Player of the Year

Second Team
Cedric Harris, West Liberty (Jr., G, Zanesville, Ohio)
Luis Leao, Mercyhurst (Sr., F, Brusque, Brazil)
Chad Moore, Shepherd (Sr., F, Winchester, Va.)
Nick Novak, Pitt-Johnstown (Sr., G, Murrysville, Pa.)
Devin Taylor, Slippery Rock (Sr., F., New Castle, Pa.)
Isaac Thornton, Fairmont State (Sr., G, Martinsburg, W.Va.)
Kelsey Williams, West Virginia Wesleyan (Sr., F, Sandusky, Ohio)

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Cell: 724.421.5658

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