By Doug Gorman
Henry County basketball player Carvelle Taylor often kept opposing defenses off balance with his ability to shoot the long-range jumper.
It was a skill the Warhawks' senior developed from the time he began playing the game in the Henry County Recreation Department leagues as a 12-year-old.
It's also what attracted the coaching staff at Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick to sign Taylor to a basketball scholarship.
"We started looking at him last summer," said Coastal Georgia assistant coach James Frey. "He is a great shooter, but he can do so much more with the basketball."
Coastal Georgia Community College has had plenty of success in the national junior college ranks, often making it to the postseason tournament.
Gerald Cox, who has been at the school for 20 years, coaches the squad.
Taylor helped lead the Warhawks this past season to one of the best finishes in school history as the squad made it into the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Along the way, Taylor went over the 1,000-point mark in his career, a feat he set in the final game of the state tournament in a loss to Coffee County.
Those who watched Taylor grow as a basketball player point to his hours in the gym as the biggest reason he is getting a chance to take his game to the next level.
"I couldn't get him to leave the gym," said Henry County head coach Clint Satterfield. "I may have made a mistake when I gave him my cell phone number, because he was always calling asking me to let him in the gym. I guess it was a good problem to have."
When Taylor looks back on his senior season, he isn't surprised the Warhawks enjoyed so much success.
"I think I knew we had a chance to be pretty good when we won our Christmas tournament," he said. "We won some big games this year."
Taylor should have a chance to move on to a four-year school once his eligibility expires at the two-year college.
"Anybody who wants to move on after coming here to play, has that chance, " said Coastal Georgia assistant coach Chris Balluer, who also played at the Brunswick college.