New Castle News

May 16, 2013

New Castle Basketball: Former 'Canes' standout to play professionally

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle High graduate and Slippery Rock University basketball standout Devin Taylor is going pro.

Taylor signed a professional contract yesterday to play for the Etzella Ettelbruck Basketball Club in Luxembourg for the 2013-2014 season.

A 6-foot-6, 205-pound versatile forward, Taylor finished his three-year Slippery Rock career this winter with 1,141 points and 750 rebounds, which rank as the 12th and 11th best marks, respectively, in school history. He averaged at least 11.8 points per game in all three years at The Rock and finished with career averages of 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

“I’m very proud of Devin for what he has accomplished at Slippery Rock University, both on the court and in the classroom,” Slippery Rock head coach Kevin Reynolds said. “This is an outstanding opportunity for Devin to go play in a top league overseas and this is a great day for Rock basketball.”

Etzella Ettelbruck  was founded in 1934 and competes in the Total League, the highest professional basketball league in Luxembourg. The league was formally known as the Diekirch League before a name change in 2012. Eztella Ettelbruck has won the league title 14 times, trailing only Sporting Bettembourg (16) for the most titles in league history.

Taylor led Slippery Rock to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game twice during his three years and to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions as well, most notably this winter when the team advanced to the second round.

Behind Taylor’s lead, The Rock had arguably its best three-year span of success as it recorded a 59-29 cumulative win-loss record. He was named first-team All-PSAC Western Division in each of his last two seasons at Slippery Rock and received all-region honors by both the National Basketball Coaches Association and Daktronics as a senior.

Taylor was The Rock’s leading scorer and rebounder with per-game averages of 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in his final season. He ranked second in the PSAC and 12th nationally in rebounding. He also led the PSAC and ranked ninth nationally in double-doubles, including 14 games in which he scored 10 or more points and grabbed 10 or more rebounds.

Etzella Ettelbruck begins play for the 2013-14 season in August. The team featured three American players on its 2012-13 roster, including former PSAC standout Billy Arre from Lock Haven, Anthony Simpson from Kent State University and Chad Tomko from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.