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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:34 am

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/154680-pilots-commit-gabe-taylor-taking-next-step

Gabe is a 6'8" PF from Valley Catholic in Beaverton - the Sobotka connection coming through, I suppose!

The first 2014 commit for the Pilots and it sure seems like a good fit on paper with Nicholas set to graduate this year.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:59 am

DeanMurdoch wrote:http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/154680-pilots-commit-gabe-taylor-taking-next-step

Gabe is a 6'8" PF from Valley Catholic in Beaverton - the Sobotka connection coming through, I suppose!

The first 2014 commit for the Pilots and it sure seems like a good fit on paper with Nicholas set to graduate this year.
Good find, Deaner; I've got to admit I've never heard of the 3A player, but as you say, I'm sure Joel had something to do with his looking at UP....and he's a Portland lad!!

To my knowledge he's had no offers from any other school...one just has to hope he lasts longer than our most recent 5A student/athlete. Evil or Very Mad

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:09 am

The article says he committed in December. This must be the guy that Reveno referred to in that tweet from December about and exciting phone call from a 2014 recruit.

Good to have another local player.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:29 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote:The article says he committed in December. This must be the guy that Reveno referred to in that tweet from December about and exciting phone call from a 2014 recruit.

The beast of social media. Kid with Twitter commits, he tweets "I've committed!" and changes his bio to #TeamPortlandBibleCollege or whatever. Everyone finds out and it shows up on all recruiting sites immediately.

Kid without Twitter commits, and it takes six months for the masses to find out...even though Reveno tweeted as close to "just had a kid commit" as he possibly could under the rules of publicizing an incoming student-athlete that hasn't signed a letter yet.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:25 am

DoubleDipper wrote:Good find, Deaner; I've got to admit I've never heard of the 3A player, but as you say, I'm sure Joel had something to do with his looking at UP....and he's a Portland lad!!

To my knowledge he's had no offers from any other school...one just has to hope he lasts longer than our most recent 5A student/athlete. Evil or Very Mad
Ooops, I was wrong; I've seen this kid play, but he was a Newberg HS sophmore when I saw him, and I didn't recognize his name.

He's actually got some interest from NW schools early on, including UO and UW.

Smart move on his (parents) part to get him some guidance from Coach Sobotka who's preparing him for the grind of college.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by wrv on Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:42 pm

I have searched for more information on Gabe but, at least with my search, the information is quite limited. We know he was league POY and 3A 1st team all state, but we do not know his scoring nor rebounding and assists averages, blocked shots, etc.,nor do we know how he has done with some of the traveling teams he has been on. Anyone care to share that information?

The article in the Tribune about him is a little short on specifics though they describe him as a buttery smooth athlete and suggest "his reputation as one of the best high school players in the state is dubbed." I am not sure what that means, but I am assuming it is good.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:41 pm

wrv wrote:I have searched for more information on Gabe but, at least with my search, the information is quite limited. We know he was league POY and 3A 1st team all state, but we do not know his scoring nor rebounding and assists averages, blocked shots, etc.,nor do we know how he has done with some of the traveling teams he has been on. Anyone care to share that information?

The article in the Tribune about him is a little short on specifics though they describe him as a buttery smooth athlete and suggest "his reputation as one of the best high school players in the state is dubbed." I am not sure what that means, but I am assuming it is good.
I've not seen any stats on Gabe, but as he's a D-1 caliber player playing at the high school 3A level, I'm not sure stats would be a useful indicator of his talent or potential.

The staff knows that stats and the comments of others are nice, but they've got to see a student/athlete in action to form a real of idea of his talent....and Rev and Joel obviously think he'll be a good fit.  However, if anyone can get a chance to see his stats or see him in action for his AAU team, Pump "N" Run, this summer, it might show a clearer picture of his potential.  We all know AAU ball is generally dominated by guards/wings, so it will be a great opportunity for Gabe to work on rebounding, defense, and finding the open man.

"Buttery Smooth" Gabe will be stepping into opening left by the graduation of "Rhino!"  Ryan Nicholas just won his third straight "Strong Man" competition....so I suspect we'll see quite a different style when Gabe arrives.

I'm just hoping Gabe can be more like Robin Smeulders of UP Men's Basketball than like 5A player Jake Ehlers who found the grind of D-1 ball just too tough.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by oldtimer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:34 pm

I'm just hoping Gabe can be more like Robin Smeulders of UP Men's Basketball than like 5A player Jake Ehlers who found the grind of D-1 ball just too tough.

Smeulders was a nice player but imho if you want to hope, then hope that Gabe is exactly the kind of player that his predecessor Nicholas is.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by wrv on Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:48 pm

Thanks for the link. Let’s hope that Gabe achieves his goals and is a difference maker for the Pilots.

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:20 pm

During this offseason when we all want to hear more about Pilots basketball, this article is like a frosty glass of beer to a thirsty man....thanks, jake.

Today at 5pm the D-1 Men's Basketball "dead period" ends and observations and recruiting once again begin.  The Pilots coaching staff is already at various points in the US waiting for the action to begin.  Go Pilots!
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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by up7587 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:25 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Today at 5pm the D-1 Men's Basketball "dead period" ends and observations and recruiting once again begin.  The Pilots coaching staff is already at various points in the US waiting for the action to begin.  Go Pilots!
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Yup. Rev was complaining on Twitter about reclining seats intruding his space. After he fixes the NCAA rules problems, I expect him to fix the airlines.

DD, why haven't you hooked him up with a private jet?

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:22 pm

up7587 wrote:DD, why haven't you hooked him up with a private jet?
Well, I know of another WCC school in the Northwest that has at least one regent that allows the use of his plane (and pilots) from time-to-time to help the athletic staff get from city to city….and that might help with recruiting a bit….but it’s certainly not a widespread practice at the mid-major level.

Without naming names, there are a number of UP supporters who are capable of providing this opportunity for the UP staff, and although I’m not aware of anyone on the current athletic staff riding on an executive jet, I wouldn’t bet it hasn’t happened.

As the chief pilot for a gentleman in Southern California who owns 12 planes, I often had a number of athletic staff members from one particular major California university onboard that happened to be “going our way,” as my boss liked to say, but they usually had to find their own way home…tongue 

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:01 am

Hmmm, very interesting...

From Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance and Student Services, Ryan McAlvey:
13.5.2.3 requires coach class transportation on official visits, even if business or first class fares are less expensive.
I'll leave it to Geezer to translate 13.5.2.3....Rolling Eyes

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by up7587 on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:21 am

You're telling me John Calipari flies coach? I'll believe that when pigs fly."

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by PilotNut on Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:32 pm

I believe that rule is referring to the recruits when they come on the official visit... not the university employees that are travelling outward to recruit. So, one school cannot get an advantage by flying the recruit to campus in First Class, while another only shells out for Business Class...

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:25 pm

PilotNut wrote:I believe that rule is referring to the recruits when they come on the official visit...  not the university employees that are travelling outward to recruit.  So, one school cannot get an advantage by flying the recruit to campus in First Class, while another only shells out for Business Class...
My little bit of checking appears to confirm that, Nut...

Apparently it's all about the Potential Student Athlete (PSA).

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Re: 2014 PF Gabe Taylor commits to Pilots

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:38 pm

Coach Reveno wrote:Hey, @CoachMiles any chance you could tweet your flight schedule so I could bum a ride?  #justasking
Ha-ha, I guess that clears that up, somewhat.

It would appear from the picture taken by Nebraska MBB Coach Tim Miles that he gets around in a King Air during the recruiting period.....nice.

His own caption to the picture is, "The Race is On."


Better buckle-up, coach!

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