David Sloan, expected to be one of the front-runners next season’s Mr. Basketball, intends to transfer from Taylor County and has moved to Louisville in a change that probably will have big ramifications on the 2016-17 boys’ basketball season.
Sloan and Taylor County Coach Rich Gatewood confirmed to the Herald-Leader that the 6-foot-1 point guard has returned to Louisville, where he’s from. It is not known at which school he will enroll.
The Courier-Journal previously reported that Gatewood was Sloan’s legal guardian. Sloan played under the Cardinals coach as an eighth-grader when Gatewood was at Moore High School in Louisville and moved with him when he took the job at Taylor County.
Sloan moved in with his mother recently and probably will seek a hardship transfer.
He enjoyed playing at Taylor County — he specifically mentioned the top-notch fan support — but wanted to be closer to his family.
“It was hard because I moved away from my parents, and as a teenager you want your parents in the stands every game and just enjoying life with them,” Sloan said. “ ... It hit me a lot this year. I want my parents to come watch me play and be there on senior night.”
The junior, who’s ranked by 247Sports as the top player in the state’s class of 2017 and considered one of the top 150 recruits nationally, has offers from Louisville, Iowa State, Missouri, Tennessee and Memphis, among others.
Sloan averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds this season. He shot 47.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line for the Cardinals, who reached the second round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen last week.
Since the season ended, he’s mulled his college decision “a lot lately” and said he’ll probably name his final list of schools by July. Sloan acknowledged he’ll be in the running for Mr. Basketball but doesn’t think winning’s a done-deal by any stretch.
“The 2017 class in the state of Kentucky is very good, so it’ll be a hard decision for them to pick,” Sloan said. “You’ve got Taveion Hollingsworth from Lexington (Paul Laurence Dunbar) and Tavin Lovan (Franklin-Simpson). Peyton Broughton (North Laurel), Cole Vonhandorf (Covington Catholic). So it’ll be a hard decision for them to vote.”