PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's Truth Taylor was a team leader and model of perseverance during her three years at Perk, and now she'll continue her collegiate basketball career at NCAA Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.
"It seemed like a family-oriented place," she said. "The coaches made me feel comfortable and that they believed in my ability. I just prayed about it and talked to my family, and that seemed like it was the best place for me to go."
Taylor, who played at Jim Hill High in Jackson, averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds as a sophomore. It was her return season after an injury sustained just before her second year at Gulf Coast.
She averaged 4.4 points as a freshman in 2017-18. That season, the Bulldogs didn't win an MACJC South game, but Taylor has been part of a renaissance that's seen the squad reached the Region 23 finals and semifinals the last two years.
"Truth has been a blessing to our program," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "She's one of those kids who decided to commit to Gulf Coast when we were building. Watching her play during the summer before her sophomore year, we knew she was going to be ready to have a breakout year, and then she had her knee injury. Watching her persevere through that, she came back and was a leader on the team even when she wasn't sure about her knee. She's an example of a true leader who always stayed positive even in circumstances she wasn't sure of."
Shaw plays in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Bears are coached by Jacques Curtis, who has led the team to seven trips to the NCAA Tournament. The 2011 team reached the national semifinals.
Taylor will head to the Research Triangle taking valuable lessons learned at MGCCC.
"They showed me what it felt like to be appreciated," she said. "I can say that Gulf Coast really spoiled me for these three years. I never felt like I was away from home because it was home for me. The things I learned on the court was to be tough and be a leader and keep your head up regardless of what life throws at you. Off the court, I learned to walk with a purpose. You have a name you have to represent and keep that reputation clean."
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