May 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University men’s basketball head coach Saul Phillips has announced the addition of student-athletes Mike Laster and Ryan Taylor as part of the spring signing period.
Taylor (Michigan City, Ind.) and Laster (Detroit, Mich.) will be eligible to compete for the Bobcats during the 2014-15 season.
Laster, a 6-foot-5-inch guard, recently completed an impressive career for Detroit Cass Tech High School. During his three varsity seasons, the Technicians captured two Detroit city championships. As a senior, Laster averaged 15 points and seven rebounds during the team’s run to the Class A MHSAA Regional Final.
“The biggest draw with Mike is his upside,” Phillips said. “Athletically with his length, it’s clear his best basketball is still in front of him. Historically, with programs I’ve been a part of, kids with that type of potential make the biggest jumps. He’s an extremely bright student with a very good amount of athletic ability. He has a terrific attitude about the game and those are the types of kids we want to win with.”
A second-team All-Metro selection, Laster was ranked as the No. 12 senior in Michigan in 2013-14. He earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA at Cass Tech while also garnering all-city honors in cross country during his high school career. He played his AAU Ball for R.E.A.C.H. Legends.
Taylor, a 6-foot-6-inch guard, recently completed a prep year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. The Michigan City, Ind., native averaged 23 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for the Lancers in 2013-14.
As a senior at Michigan City High School, Taylor averaged 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game and was selected to participate in Indiana’s Northwest All-Star Classic for his efforts. He played his AAU ball for SYF Players in Gary, Ind.
“Taylor’s a kid we’ve recruited for a long time and we’ve built a relationship with him over the years,” Phillips said. “He’s a 6-foot-6-inch shooting guard that can still grow. We feel he got overlooked in the recruiting process in a big way. Part of that were some injury issues he had in high school. But he’s been strong throughout this past year. If he turns into the player I envision, it’s going to pretty good for everybody. He can be an outstanding player in the MAC.”