May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Chandler Taylor, a senior at J.R. Arnold High School in Panama City, Fla., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Taylor, a 6-foot-8 post, brings size to the Scots' frontcourt. As a senior, he averaged 9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game for head coach Robert Britton. His energy and rebounding were key to the Marlins success.
"Chandler will provide rebounding and efficient scoring around the basket," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "What drew me to Chandler was his motor and physicality. Chandler's passion for the game is demonstrated on the court with his enthusiasm and energy. I know he will be a pleasure to coach. We are excited about adding someone with his potential and character to our program."
Chandler is the son of Brian Taylor and stepson of Jessica Dennison.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.