June 20, 2012
Atlanta – Georgia Tech head women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph announced the addition of Nariah Taylor to the Yellow Jackets’ 2012 signing class Wednesday.
Taylor, a 6’5″ post from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., becomes the seventh member of Georgia Tech’s 2012-13 freshman class, which is ranked fourth by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Taylor is considered a four-star prospect and is ranked No. 31 overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
“Nariah Taylor is one of the top post prospects in the 2012 recruiting class,” Joseph said. “She has tremendous upside and I believe she will be a very good college player. Her size and strength will give us the added depth and presence on the interior that we need to compete at the top of the ACC.”
During her senior campaign at North Central, Taylor averaged 11.6 points on 54.6 percent shooting and 8.7 rebounds per game as the Panthers posted a 23-5 record. She scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading her team to a 50-48 overtime win in the Class 4A state title game. In the championship game, Taylor scored 10 of North Central’s final 12 points in regulation, including a rebound basket at the horn to tie the of game at 42. She added a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds left for the win.
“I am extremely excited to join the Georgia Tech team,” Taylor said. “When I visited, I fell in in love with the team, the coaches and the energy everyone in the program had. I’m excited about coming to Georgia Tech with my fellow freshmen and I am looking forward to this year.”
A multi-sport star, Taylor was named the 2012 Indianapolis Star’s Super Team Player of the Year and finished second in the shot put with a distance of 46’1″ at the 2012 Indiana girls high school track and field championships.
Georgia Tech will open the 2012-13 season and the brand new McCamish Pavilion Nov. 11 against Tennessee. Season tickets are on sale for $50 before July 1. After July 1, season tickets are $65. Season tickets can be purchased online at RamblinWreck.com or by calling 888-TECH-TIX. For more information on McCamish Pavilion, please visit www.GTMcCamishPavilion.com.
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Georgia Tech’s 2012 Signing Class
Aaliyah Whiteside G/F 6-0 Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central HS) #23 – ESPN HoopGurlz
Breana McDonald G/F 6-0 Lithonia, Ga. (Chamblee HS) #29 – Girls Basketball Report
Nariah Taylor C 6-5 Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central HS) #31 – Girls Basketball Report
Brittany Jackson G 5-9 Sebastian, Fla. (Sebastian River HS) #40 – Girls Basketball Report
Je Zhe Newton C 6-3 Phoenix, Ariz. (Chandler HS) #47 – The Jumpoff Plus
Roddreka Rogers F 6-0 Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park HS) #30 F – Girls Basketball Report
Kym Ellison G 5-7 Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway HS)