May 6, 2012
Sterling Taplin intro
Self-proclaimed Buffalo boy, Sterling Taplin is challenging himself.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound 2014 prospect is eligible to play at the U16 level, but suits up for the Albany City Rocks U17 team and is competing well. After helping lead Buffalo (NY) Williamsville North to a 13-8 record last season the rising junior shooting guard is averaging 6.4 points after nine games on the EYBL circuit.
"Playing with the 17's is kind of different from the 16's, but otherwise it's good for me," Taplin said. "In my game I'm really working on being able to see the court and my ball-handling skills. I give it my all all the time and I never give up. I believe in my team at all times."
Taplin claims scholarship offers from Buffalo and Boston University, and said he is looking at Michigan State and Syracuse. He grew up cheering for the hometown Bulls and the nationally acclaimed Spartans. His dream is to play for Michigan State.
He added Wake Forest is an option and would be a great school to attend, which is where Albany City Rocks alum Tyler Cavanaugh will be playing next season.
"I watched him [Cavanaugh] last year," Taplin said. "The leadership that he had that's what really got him his looks; his leadership and how hard he played and his effort."
"He's a dominant player and some people don't see that. They look at him and think that he's not going to be the best scorer, but he'll come out and have 20 [points] on you in a heartbeat."
Wake Forest assistant coach Jeff Battle watched Taplin for the first time Saturday, April 28 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Only time will tell if the Demon Deacons will make an effort to pursue the Buffalo product.
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