David Sloan, who transferred to Ballard from Taylor County during the offseason and would have been among the top contenders for Mr. Basketball, announced Monday on Twitter that he will attend Conrad Academy in Orlando, Fla.
After moving back to Louisville to be closer to family, the Courier-Journal reported that Sloan had not been cleared by the KHSAA to play at Ballard. He averaged 20 points for Taylor County, which lost to Doss in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
Sloan, whose offers include Louisville, Iowa State, Memphis and Missouri, is ranked as the 45th best point guard in the nation by 247Sports.
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He joined Trace Young as the second high-profile player in the class of 2017 to leave the state and join the prep school ranks. Young, who previously played at North Hardin, now attends Huntington Prep.
They’re the latest in a run of highly-touted in-state talent who have taken their talents elsewhere. Both Braxton Beverly (Perry County Central), who recently decommitted from Miami (Ohio), and Eli Wright (Apollo), members of the class of 2016, left the state to develop their games.