Feb. 19, 2009
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball signee Dante Taylor (White Plains, N.Y./National Christian Academy, Md.) was named to the 2009 McDonald’s All-America team on Wednesday evening. Taylor will participate in the 32nd annual McDonald’s High School All-America Game which will take place in Miami, Fla. on April 1. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET. The game will air live on ESPN.
Taylor will become the fifth player in school history to earn McDonald’s All-America team honors. He becomes the first player to earn such honors since 1987. The other four players include Charles Smith (1984), Jerome Lane (1985), Bobby Martin (1987) and Brian Shorter (1987). Taylor is also one of five All-Americans who have signed with Big East teams.
Taylor is a consensus top-30 ranked recruit. With four regular season games remaining, Taylor is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds per game in leading his National Christian Academy team to a 20-5 record. As a junior, he averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game while earning Washington Post Second Team All-MET and Independent private school all-league honors while guiding NCA to a 22-7 record and No. 11 ranking in the Washington D.C. metro area.
Taylor will enroll as a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh for the fall, 2009 semester. The 6-foot-9-inch, 230-pound Taylor is a member of Pitt’s four-player 2009-10 class which includes Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), J.J. Richardson (Missouri, Texas/Fort Bend Hightower H.S.) and Talib Zanna (Kaduna, Nigeria/Bishop McNamara H.S., Forestville, Md.).