Updated Fri, May 23, 2014 3:52 pm
New Ohio head basketball coach Saul Phillips and the Bobcats have added two new recruits, Ryan Taylor and Mike Laster, to the 2014 recruiting class.
Taylor comes to Ohio via St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is an adept scorer, averaging 20 points per game in his senior campaign. Taylor also held interest from Big Ten foe Michigan before deciding on Ohio University.
Laster, a Detroit Cass Tech product, will also provide the Bobcats with a solid scoring option. The Detroit native averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game this past season. At 6-foot-4, Laster has the height to play shooting guard at the college level.
Taylor and Laster will give Ohio some much needed depth in the back court, as Ohio loses Nick Kellogg, Travis Wilkins, and Ricardo Johnson to graduation. In addition to the departing seniors, D.J. Wingfield will never play for the Bobcats due to complications with a knee surgery he had last offseason.
Even if Ricardo Johnson’s appeal for a fifth year of eligibility is approved by the NCAA, Ohio’s backcourt will still be lacking in experience, proving that Taylor and Laster are important signings.