CLOVER — Taylor Hoover, whose court savvy at point guard has had a huge impact on the Blue Eagle basketball program in recent years, has signed to play for Erskine College next season.
Hoover, who was selected to the all-region and all-area teams his senior year, has been a solid performer for the Blue Eagles, especially on the offensive end.
Clover High School head boys basketball coach Bailey Jackson praised the ball-handling point guard for his contributions to the program. “Taylor is an athletic point guard,” Jackson said.
“His court presence made him the team’s most important player,” Jackson said. “Taylor’s shooting, ball-handling and ability to distribute the ball made him a special player for the Blue Eagles.”
Jackson said Hoover “will help the Erskine program with his court presence like he did for the Blue Eagles. I am happy for Taylor that he will be playing college basketball.”
Clover High School athletic director Carroll Hester agreed. “We are excited that Taylor will continue his basketball career at the college level,” Hester said. “Erskine has high academic standards. Taylor did a great job for the Blue Eagles.”
Hoover became known for his intensity on both ends of the floor during his career with the Blue Eagles.
Asked about his role as a senior during an early-season interview, Hoover replied, “I try to lead by example. You have to give 100 percent. There can be no letup.”
Hoover, the son of Susan and Ronald Hoover of Lake Wylie, plans to major in education at Erskine.
He also played basketball for six years with River Hills Community Church league.
Hester has been happy with the number of CHS student-athletes who are college-bound. “We had five to sign last week and Taylor this week,” he said. “These are fun times at Clover High School.”