UTEP Signs Shalana Taylor
UTEP women's basketball coach Keitha Green announced Shalana Taylor (5-3/G/Flint, Mich./Flint Northern) signed a national letter of intent with the university Wednesday.
"Shalana is a true point guard and we are extremely excited to have her joining the UTEP family," said Green. "She does a great job at getting the ball to her teammates. She is a good ball handler and she pushes the ball up the floor really well in transition."
Taylor, considered one of the nation's top high school point guards by the All Star Girls Report, was first team All-State Class A this past year guiding Flint Northern to the state championship game.
Flint Northern finished 26-1 in 2003 with Taylor averaging 18 points, seven assists, four steals and six rebounds per game. She also shot 58 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
As a high school junior she averaged 14 points per game for head coach Leteia Hughley.
Taylor has played AAU ball for coach David LaGrande and the Michigan Monarchs the last four year. She has averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals during this span.
This past year, she led the Monarchs to the AAU state title. The Monarchs finish third at state in 2001 and 2001. They were the state runner-up in 2003.
"Shalana has great speed and good quickness. She can check anyone from baseline to baseline," said LaGrande. "Shalana is a pass first, shoot second point guard. She also shoots very well and knows how to finish."
Taylor was also recruited by Massachusetts, Bowling Green, Southern University, Detroit Mercy, Eastern Michigan and Oakland University.
In addition to Taylor, the Miners are expected to sign two more players during the spring signing period.