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March 27, 2013

Gover to play basketball for U of the Cumberlands

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“Taylor’s simply got all the intangibles going for himself that every coach is looking for,” stated the Patriots head coach.
“When you’re trying to keep the program as successful as we are  — there’s a reason why we’ve had success, and that’s because we try to get people that have the entire package,” continued coach Butcher. “And, we identified Taylor as a freshman in high school as a kid that we were going to pay close attention to for the next four years. No matter how good he is at basketball, he’s every bit better than that off the floor as a person. I can tell you this — we know we’re very fortunate to get him.”
Butcher says that like most kids coming out of high school, Gover will need to work on his body and get stronger, but from a skill set on the hardwood, he’s ready to make a contribution for the Patriots right away.
“His skill set — he’ll be fine,” pointed out Butcher. “We watched him at last weekend’s Kentucky All-Star tryouts, and from a skills set, he’ll be just fine. From a knowledge standpoint, he’ll be just fine. He’s way ahead of the game, and he’s just got so much savvy to his game. He’s just got to figure out how to get it done at this level. However, with his ability to shoot it, handle it, pass it, and decide where it needs to go, he’s way, way above the average curve. I think he’s going to be just fine, and like all of the other kids we’ve signed, we signed Taylor because we think he will contribute for us next year as a freshman.”
As for Taylor Gover himself, he acknowledged there wasn’t a ton of offers coming his way for basketball, however he almost knew from the outset The University of the Cumberlands was the right place for him.

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