North Central High School 6-5 center Nariah Taylor signed with Auburn last November, but it wasn’t an easy choice.
So when Taylor, who helped lead the Panthers to the Class 4A state title last season, asked for her release after Nell Fortner resigned as coach and reopened her recruiting process, she already had a school in mind.
“Georgia Tech was always a major school for me and a place I wanted to be at,” said Taylor, who signed earlier this week with the Yellow Jackets. “It came down to Georgia Tech and Auburn the first time, and that’s what it came down to the second time.
“I felt God was giving me a second chance and telling me maybe Auburn wasn’t right for me and I should go to Georgia Tech. Now that I’m here, I love it. I love the girls and the coaches.”
The Yellow Jackets are coached by former Purdue player MaChelle Joseph. Taylor is one of seven freshmen in the recruiting class.
“The girls have a winning attitude about them,” said Taylor, an Indiana All-Star. “They know what it takes to win, and that’s what I want to be part of.”
High school basketball is back in full swing this weekend.
The eighth annual USSFA Boys Basketball/Indy Summer High School Shootout will include 55 varsity teams played mostly today and Sunday at Carmel, North Central and Warren Central.
Teams that have won the 4A state title the past six years have played in the event. Some of the top teams this year include defending 4A champion Carmel, Tech, Hamilton Southeastern, North Central, Warren Central, Cathedral and Lawrence North.
Bracket play is Sunday at Carmel, with the championship set for 6:30 p.m. Visit the Recruiting Central blog at blogs.indystar .com/recruitingcentral for an entire schedule.
Also, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle will host a 16-team high school camp today and Sunday. The camp will be operated by the Hall of Fame and DistinXion, an organization run by the Zeller family and staffed by basketball standouts.
The camp will begin at 8 a.m. today and conclude with a championship at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. The DistinXion staff will give a special character development session that is open to the public at 6 p.m. today at New Castle Fieldhouse.
Girls finals in Terre Haute
The IHSAA executive committee voted unanimously Friday to return the girls basketball state finals to Terre Haute for a second consecutive year. The 2013 event will be March 2.
Cox said the IHSAA also received bids from Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, the host site for 2010 and ’11.
“It was the best bid,” Cox said of Terre Haute. “It addressed the costs of the association and of the member schools who participate in the tournament. In an ideal world, we’d play the games in Indianapolis because it’s centrally located, but we’ll have to have more conversations about that moving forward.”
The annual North-South All-Star softball doubleheader will be held at the Cherry Tree Complex in Carmel beginning at 11:15 a.m. today. . . . Greenwood Christian graduate Kyle Stidom signed with Davenport University, an NAIA school in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Call Star reporter Mark Ambrogi at (317) 444-6047.