May 25, 2012
Orange's Agler picks Indiana; Lions' Jackson gaining interest
I've always been impressed when I've seen some of the numbers Taylor Agler has put up as the Olentangy Orange girls basketball team's point guard the last couple years.
Obviously a lot of people have taken notice, as the daughter of former Columbus Quest coach and current WNBA coach Brian Agler verbally committed to Indiana late last week.
Agler, who was the OCC-Capital Player of the Year, a first-team all-district selection in Division I and a member of the ThisWeek Super 12, helped the Pioneers go 22-2. They lost to Northland 50-49 in a district championship game.
The 5-9 star who had 25 points in the tournament loss to the Vikings seems like the prototypical point guard, averaging 15.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 steals.
According to Orange coach Mary Ann Grimes, Agler went to Indiana early this month and has an appreciation for the school's academics. It didn't hurt that the Hoosiers hired Curt Miller as their coach in March after he compiled a 258-92 record in 11 seasons at Bowling Green.
Miller had been after Agler when he was still Bowling Green's coach.
Indiana went just 6-24 last season, losing in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
"Indiana is a great fit academically, and for her I think it's a great fit," Grimes said. "When you look at his whole style of play when he was at Bowling Green and how he can develop players, it's great for her."
Orange also has three other juniors who could end up playing Division I women's basketball, according to Grimes. Tori Davis, Maddy Joseph and Mya Walker all are receiving interest from mid-majors.
"I think it would be a big reward for their efforts," Grimes said. "I tell my girls that if you've found it, you've found it. You can tell them to hold off (on verbally committing), but with Taylor she has found what she's wanted."
*An area boys basketball player who likely will sign with a Division I program over the coming months is Gahanna junior Aaron Jackson.
He recently added offers from Bowling Green and Kent State to a list that already included Akron, Miami, Ohio U. and Toledo, and he texted me that he even has some interest from Cincinnati and Minnesota.
The thing that's attractive about Jackson as a prospect is that not only is he about 6-5 or 6-6, but he's also shown some very good ball-handling skills.
He's been a key player with the Lions since his sophomore season and made the ThisWeek Super 12 last season.