Monarchs Sign Two Cagers
Nov. 15, 2012
NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced two standout recruits who will be joining the Monarch family after signing National Letters of intent today for the 2013-14 season. They are: 6-7 forward Denzell Taylor (Toronto, Canada), and 6-2 guard Jordan Baker (Hampton, VA.) from nearby AAA State Champion Hampton High School.
"It's obviously well known that we have a nice group of young players on this year's squad and I think this group really adds to that. Their attributes across the board make them a nice fit for our program. They are winners from very successful programs. They are fine students, they defend, and rebound and know how to be good teammates." - Head Coach Blaine Taylor
Baker averaged 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game last year for Hampton's AAA State Championship team. A clutch performer, Baker's three-pointer put the Crabbers in the lead late in its quarterfinal win over Nansemond River, then he scored 10 points in the fourth quarter against Petersburg High in the State Championship game.
Denzell Taylor's High School team, St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ. went 35-3 last year. He averaged 10.6 points and led the team with an 11.4 rebounds per game average. He also played for CIA Bounce, a Toronto based AAU squad who reached the Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League Summer league championship.