David Sloan has lofty goals for his junior season at Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County.
After making Kentucky's Sweet 16 last year, Sloan, a 5-foot-10 point guard, hopes he, with the help of Xavier-bound guard Quentin Goodin, can lead the Cardinals to a state title.
“This year I’m trying to help my team when state, that’s the main thing,” Sloan told Scout Sunday evening.
From an individual standpoint, Sloan’s season is certainly off to a good start, despite facing junk defenses throughout the year. Sloan is currently averaging 21.4 points a game, while shooting 50-percent from three. He’s also reeling in 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game.
“I think I’m the best at shooting the ball and getting others involved in transition,” Sloan said when asked about his strengths. “Coach tells me that I can run a team real well.”
Playing in the backcourt with Goodin, who is a year older than Sloan, has helped him play a more physical brand of basketball.
“Playing with him is fun because in practice he pushes me,” Sloan said. “He’s more of a physical guard so I’ve learned how to be more physical, create separation from the way he guards me in practice, so it’s helped me a lot.”
College coaches have taken notice of Sloan’s play and many are working to get him on campus for visits. On Sunday, Sloan took an unofficial visit to Butler, where he watched them play Villanova.
“I like Butler because it’s a school where the fans get into the game and they have a lot of shooters on the team and I think I can set those shooters up to make shots,” Sloan said.
“After [Chris Holtmann] told me they offered me, when we were about to leave, coach told me I was the type of player they would just give the ball to and tell me to go run the team,” he added.
The trip to Butler was Sloan’s second visit to their campus. He previously visited during his freshman year.
Sloan also took an unofficial visit to Louisville last week for their game against Wake Forest.
“I got there an hour before the game because I had a talk with coach Rick Pitino,” Sloand said.
“He was just telling me about how if I ended up coming there that I would play as a freshman and that I need to develop my jump shot and actually jump on my jump shot and that I need to be a little bit more vocal on the court.”
To go with strong interest from Butler and Louisville, Sloan said there are others recruiting him hard.
Memphis also recently offered Sloan a scholarship.
The next trip on Sloan’s docket is a visit to Vanderbilt in late February.
“I’m supposed to be going to visit Vanderbilt next month when they play Kentucky,” he said.
Although Sloan is taking visits and talking to coaches more, making a college decision in the near future isn’t in the works.
“I’m still trying to finish out the year, but after the year I’ll start thinking about it real heavy.”