David Sloan, ranked among the top high school basketball players in Kentucky in the Class of 2017, said Thursday he has left Taylor County High School, moved in with his mother in Louisville and plans to enroll in a new school Monday.
Sloan said he has a meeting with Jefferson County Public Schools officials Friday and hopes to receive a hardship waiver so he can enroll at Ballard.
Taylor County coach Richard Gatewood said he became Sloan’s legal guardian a few years ago. Sloan played for Gatewood at Moore as an eighth-grader during the 2012-13 season, and the duo headed to Taylor County the summer before the 2013-14 season.
“The main reason I left Taylor County is because I’m only a teenager and I missed seeing my parents in the stands and my family,” Sloan said. “I just want to play in my city. You only get this opportunity once …
“My freshman and sophomore year I felt good about (Taylor County). But my junior season it started to hit me, and after the season ended it hit me a lot because I wanted to see my parents.”
A 6-foot guard, Sloan averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds this season as Taylor County reached the state tournament for the second straight year, finishing with a 25-9 record after falling to Doss in the quarterfinals.
According to Rivals.com, Sloan is a three-star recruit and the No. 124-ranked junior in the nation. He has scholarship offers from Butler, Eastern Kentucky, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Samford, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky. He said Cincinnati, Clemson and Ohio State also are showing interest.
Sloan said he plans to narrow his list after playing with Team Thad of Memphis, Tenn., on the AAU circuit this summer.
“I’m going to enjoy the process … and see who jumps in the mix after this summer,” Sloan said.
If he plays in Kentucky, Sloan likely will be one of the top candidates for the Mr. Basketball award next season.
“I want to make it my best because it’s my last year of high school,” Sloan said. “I feel good about it, but there are a lot of great players in my class in Kentucky. I think it’s going to be hard for them to vote. Whoever wins it, I’ll respect them, because at the end of the day it’s just a big trophy.”
If Sloan enrolls at Ballard, he’d join a program that will return two starters – Jamil Wilson and Clivonte Patterson – from a team that finished 22-11 after losing to Trinity in the semifinals of the Seventh Region Tournament.
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