Commonwealth Journal

Local Sports

January 21, 2013

Gover nominated as a McDonalds’ All-Star

Somerset — Pulaski County High School senior Taylor Gover has enjoyed a remarkable prep career for the Maroons over the past four seasons to say the very least.

Gover has won district tournaments, been named the Most Outstanding Player of several tournaments over the past few years, and is the two-time Commonwealth Journal Player of the Year for his play as a sophomore, and again last season as a junior. Last season, Gover played in the Junior Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game.

But, even with everything he’s accomplished during an outstanding high school basketball career while at Pulaski County, even Taylor Gover would be hard pressed to have a better two-day stint than the one he enjoyed at the end of last week.

It all began last Thursday for Gover, when it was announced that he was one of only 10 players from the state of Kentucky that had been nominated to play in the upcoming McDonald’s All-Star Basketball Game.

When you consider that players the likes of Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson just to name a few, have taken part in this Who’s Who of basketball all-star events, it becomes clear just how truly a special accomplishment it is just to be nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-Star Game.

And with last Thursday’s announcement that Gover was one of 10 kids from the Bluegrass to be nominated for this year’s game, it just added another crowned jewel to the achievement list of a player who already has had an extraordinary high school career.

“Honestly, when I saw the list, the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew) were in the very next sentence after I saw my name,” stated Gover, in talking about the number two and number four ranked players in the country that have already signed with the University of Kentucky. “After I saw that, the first thought that went through my mind was to wonder if I was dreaming or was this really happening to me. It’s overwhelming — I didn’t really know at that point whether to break down and cry or just start laughing.”

Being nominated for the McDonald’s All-Star Game is just half of Gover’s accomplishments from last week.

On Friday night, Pulaski County’s all-time leading scorer added another milestone to his career, thanks to a 31-point performance on the road at Wayne County.

With those 31 points, Gover surpassed the 2,000 point plateau for his career — becoming the first Maroon player to join the 2,000 point club.

Gover, who now has 2,015 points for his career, says that joining the 2,000 point club is great, but he’s quick to point out that for himself and the rest of his teammates, there’s only one goal that matters for the Pulaski County Maroons in 2013 — a 12th Regional championship.

“It’s a huge accomplishment and I’m truly blessed,” remarked the Maroons point guard.

“The Lord has blessed me with a lot of abilities, and he’s given me the platform of basketball and I try to use it to glorify him,” added the PC senior. “I couldn’t have done this without my teammates and my coaching staff pushing me every day to get better. It’s not really about individual awards however, but it’s more about the team. The team’s got one goal in mind and that’s to get to Rupp Arena.”

As for the man who has had the privilege to coach Taylor Gover during a remarkable career at PC, Al Gover — who is also Taylor’s uncle — says that he’s seen a lot of great players over the years, and he would put his nephew up there with just about anybody he’s seen play the game of basketball at the high school level.

“He’s as good of a high school basketball player as I’ve seen come along in a long, long time,” stated  coach Gover.

“I think he’s only going to get better,” continued the Maroons coach. “You know you can talk about all his scoring, but before his career here is over here at PC, he’s going to end up with close to 600 assists, which is a really, really impressive number. You’re talking about a player with well over 2,000 points and 600 assists — that’s pretty strong.”

What about being nominated for the McDonald’s All-Star Game coach?

“I guess I was kind of like everybody else when the news came out last week — I thought to myself this is pretty amazing,” stated coach Gover.

“I know there were 10 kids from the state of Kentucky that was nominated, so I think that shows there are some people out there that are pretty high on him as a player,” added the PC coach.

For Taylor Gover, there’s still work to be done in this his last year at Pulaski County High School.

Yes, he has won three 47th District Tournaments in three years, and he’s been part of a senior class that has absolutely owned and dominated their two cross-town rivals.

The Maroons — with Taylor Gover as the starting point guard since his freshman season — have posted an 8-1 record against Southwestern, and are a perfect, 8-0 against the Somerset Briar Jumpers.

But, there’s one thing missing and that’s a 12th Regional Tournament championship.

For Taylor Gover, he’s says that’s what this season is all about — bringing an elusive regional title back to PC.

That goal has yet to be accomplished, but as for his high school basketball career as a whole, there’s no denying that Taylor Gover is one of the all-time greats — not only at Pulaski County High School — but from our community in general, regardless of what era you’re talking about.

Whether or not he makes it all the way to the McDonald’s All-Star Game to play alongside the nation’s top players is yet to be determined.

One thing is for certain though. On the court or off the court, Taylor Gover is truly an All-Star in every sense of the word.

His play on the hardwood and the life he leads away from the game of basketball is a true reflection of just how special a player and person PC’s leading man really is.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Russell Local All-Star teams advance in state tournaments

    Local all-star baseball teams began their state tournament journeys on Tuesday night at ballparks all across the state of Kentucky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • haleelanigan.jpg Pulaski’s Lanigan wins World title, Shopville Elementary places third

    The Pulaski County area has always been know n as a hotbed for great archery at the state level and National level.
    But now the local area can boast it has some of the greatest young archers in the ‘World’.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cavaliers LeBron Gilb_Harr.jpg LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hyden Commonwealth Journal 2014 All-County Track Team

    This year’s 2014 Commonwealth Journal All-County Track team was led by Pulaski County High School senior Austin Hyden.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • cr major.jpg Pirates win title over Yankees

    To clinch the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken major league championship title, the Kentucky Farm Care Pirates needed to win just one game against the Southeastern Appraisal Yankees.
    The Yankees, meanwhile, had a much tougher task, as they had to earn a pair of victories over the Pirates.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • cr minor.jpg Braves hold off Giants, 6-5, for title

    In the Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken Minor League championship game, the Science Hill United Methodist Braves took the title by holding off the Roark Auto Transport Giants, 6-5.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Softball Lady Warriors’ Dynamic Duo

    The dynamic duo.
    A one-two punch.
    A winning combination.
    Whatever you want to call them, the pair of Destiny Molden and Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman have been nothing short of spectacular for the Southwestern High School softball team over the past few years.

    June 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott Virginia Scott signs with Young Harris

    After a very successful prep basketball career at Somerset High School, Virginia Scott will continue to play the sport that she loves so much at the next level.

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynch.jpg ‘Magical Season’ ends

    For the past couple of weeks, things had gone the way Southwestern wanted them to.
    That was not the case in the first round game of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, as the Warriors just couldn’t seem to get a break in Monday evening’s game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dishman Dishman signs with Lindsey Wilson

    Charlie Dishman has done it all for the Somerset High School baseball team for the past three seasons.
    Dishman – a clutch hitter, a go-to pitcher, and a mainstay at third base – is being rewarded for each of those talents, as he recently signed a scholarship to play baseball at Lindsey Wilson College.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

Somerset-Pulaski girls basketball

To purchase or view mor sports photos go to

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Pulaski vs. Southwestern football

Check out more action photos at

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide