OhioPrepScene Spotlight Youth Player of the Month

As proof of OhioPrepScene.com's commitment to covering youth basketball in the State of Ohio, once per month OPS will profile a young hoops star who has shown a lot of promise on the hardwood and in the classroom.

This month we profile Stevie Taylor, a silky smooth point guard from Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus.  Although Stevie is only a 5th grader, he is already making a name for himself nationally.  In fact, the Hoop Scoop, one of the most respected scouting services in the country, has ranked Stevie as the 3rd best fifth grader in the country, and the #1 player in Ohio.  In addition, Stevie has been invited to the "invitation only" Adidas Junior Phenom Camp in San Diego, California in August.  This camp is molded after the prestigious Reebok ABCD Camp and the Nike All-American Camp and will host the top 80 players in the country.

Stevie has a very high basketball IQ for a player his age and he seems to perform better when playing with kids 2-3 years older than he.  In fact, this past summer, Stevie hooped with the 7th and 8th grade Gahanna Middle School West teams in a local summer league and was the leading scorer for the 7th grade team.  

Stevie has a "complete" game which includes great "on ball" defense, the ability to penetrate and dish, along with the ability to hit the three pointer.  Although Stevie has received numerous individual honors, including his selection as Co-MVP of the USSSA Nationals in 2001 and several league and all-star game MVPs, Stevie is a team player who loves to get his teammates involved in the game.

This winter, Stevie's team, the 6th grade Columbus Basketball Club, has already compiled a record of 60-7 with 11 tournament championships. During the summer, Stevie plays up with the 6th grade Columbus Jaguars who finished 6th in the nation at the AAU Nationals last summer in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and the 7th grade Capital City Cobras who finished 4th at the Ohio AAU State Tournament last summer.  

Although basketball is his first love, Stevie also plays travel baseball for the Columbus Cobras (he plays a mean 2nd base) and quarterback in the Gahanna Junior Football League. Stevie will likely attend Gahanna Lincoln High School where he would like to play with his older brother on the varsity basketball squad as a freshman.  Stevie aspires to be an attorney after his college and NBA days are behind him.  

The staff at OPS will keep and eye on "Lil" Stevie as well as the many other young talented players across this talent-rich state.  Continue to follow OPS for our monthly profiles, and if you know of a player who deserves to be profiled, please email us with the appropriate information.

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