Tigers Sign Taylor and Aguirre For 2013-14 Season
University of the Pacific men's basketball head coach Ron Verlin has announced the signing of David Taylor and Gabriel Aguirre for the 2013-14 season.
Taylor is a 6-2 guard from Eckersdorf, Germany and will enter Pacific as a freshman for 2013-14. He attends Graf-Muenster Gymnasium in Bayreuth, Germany. David averaged 19.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game for BBC Bayreuth in 2011. He has also played for NBC Neurnberg (Pro A), Brose Baskets Bamberg (Pro B and NBBL). With a strong game in his early teens, David was selected to a Bavarian All-Star Team in 2007 and to Germany's 2010 U16 National Team as the only player selected at age 15. Getting quite a bit of international experience, he played in the 2010 U16 European Championship in Montenegro and the 2011 championship in Prague. He was most recently on the 2012 U18 National Team, the only player selected at age 17. His father is Derrick Taylor, who helped LSU to the NCAA Final Four and was selected in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
"David is an explosive guard that can play either spot," said Verlin. "His quickness and athleticism will be a major asset to Tiger Basketball for the next four years. We are really looking forward to coaching David and watching him develop."
Aguirre is a is a 6-10 forward/center from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a business major at City College of San Francisco and will enter Pacific as a junior. He earned First Team All-Coast Conference and Honorable Mention All-State honors after a season in which the Rams were undefeated in the regular season (28-0). CCSF lost in the semi-finals of the state playoffs to finish the season 31-1. He played for the Brazilian National Team (V16-V19) and won a silver medal at the 2010 American Cup.
"Gabriel is a big skilled post player that will be able to play both the 4 and 5 position," said Verlin. "His size, skill and experience will help us in the West Coast Conference."