Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sloan Picks Up Offers Following Mustang Madness

The Conrad Academy senior guard David Sloan has picked up a pair of offers from Bradley and IUPUI. 

Both offers result from the crafty 5-foot-11 guard's performance during Grind Session's recent Mustang Madness tournament in Paducah, KY.

On a massive stage against one of the country's top-shelf programs in Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.), Sloan turned in a 28-point effort.

 He found his touch in the second half, drilling pivotal 3-pointers and helping TCA slice down a 21-point deficit.

Sloan, whose game is more predicated on skill-set and IQ than flash and athletic ability, even got free for a rare two-handed dunk.

Sloan faced a lot of question marks after abruptly transferring from Taylor County (Ky.), where he emerged into a high-scoring guard.

Immediately following his junior season, he transferred to Ballard High School.

The objective was to be closer to his Louisville home and have the opportunity to play before family as a senior.

In the midst of a frustrating experience with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association--which stalled in granting him eligibility--Sloan promptly transferred to the Orlando-based TCA.

"We're extremely proud of (Sloan) because he's as hard-working a kid as there is out there," said TCA head coach Shaun Wiseman, adding that Sloan is a McDonald's All-American nominee.

"He's risen to the challenge on several big courts, in several big tournaments this season. He's answered to the high-pressure stakes as good as anyone on our team. He's deserving of the recent accolades and he's going to continue to generate mid and high-major Division-I interest."

Wiseman knows a thing or two about Bradley, which jumped into Sloan's recruitment and immediately heaped a scholarship offer on the table.

He coached current Bradley freshman guard Jayden Hodgson and freshman forward Koch Bar just last season at Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville, FL).

Sloan, initially among the favorites for Kentucky's prestigious Mr. Basketball award, averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds under coach and former guardian Richard Gatewood during his stay at Taylor County.

Gatewood, 31, authored quick-hit success with Sloan and Quentin Goodin in his emergence at Taylor County, becoming one of the state's reputable young coaches.

He wound up taking the vacant head coaching position at 22 Feet Academy.

At Conrad, a first-year program, Sloan's become more of a facilitator.

He's operating a frenetic-paced offense featuring 6-foot-4 bulldozing guard Luguentz Dort, 6-foot-3 sharpshooter Malcolm Farrington, and 6-foot-8 power forward Madiaw Niang.

Averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 assists during the Charlotte Hoops Challenge, Sloan inherited the quarterback responsibilities on a team flooded with guards.

He scored 19 points and dished out six assists during a win against the aforementioned Gatewood and 22 Feet Academy (S.C.) last month.

"David has continuously shown expertise in the way he finds his teammates and also knows how to create his shot and make the right shot in the half-court set," said head coach Shaun Wiseman.

"With his handle and ability to see the floor and defend, he's just an energizer that keeps us in line. We're extremely happy for him. This year he's grown as a scorer and a facilitator. His handle and his passing game gives Luguentz freedom to roam off the ball and David really at excels at finding him in the open court and alley oop situations.

Sloan initially had interest from Louisville, Florida, and Memphis. Schools such as Texas, Florida Gulf Coast, Western Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky have all been in pursuit of the smooth and heady class of 2017 guard.