Coach Says Taylor Will Take His Time

National Christian coach Trevor Brown says Dante Taylor is where he needs to be. The 2009 power forward is paying attention to which head coaches enter the gym.

Trevor Brown has coached his share of Division I players during his tenure at Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian. Kevin Durant completed a stint at the school in addition to many others. That's why when Brown says junior power forward Dante Taylor is a player, people listen.

"I think he's right about where I want him to be," Brown said. "When I see kids with that kind of potential you think of the Kevin Durant-thing. You can't develop him that fast but he's where I want him to be offensively, body-size and understanding. He's still got two more years of basketball at National Christian Academy."

Already head coaches from Maryland, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Charlotte have been through. Assistants from Florida and Southern Cal have also eyeballed Taylor.

For Brown, it's a long journey going from prospect to player and he feels Taylor is sailing in the proper direction. "When he comes out there this summer I don't think there's going to be many big men out there better than him. I think he's right where he needs to be in his development stage. I let him grab defensive rebounds and start the break. He can go coast to coast; he's not a really good 3-point shooter yet but he's working on it. He's right where he should be."

The plan is for Taylor to take part in the NBA Camp this summer and hit up the LeBron James Skills Academy. As far as recruiting-wise? Well, there's no rush to get married.

"We're taking it easy," Brown said. "He's really good."

Taylor is ranked the No. 29 prospect overall in the Class of 2009.


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