BALTIMORE- Two prospective student-athletes with Maryland connections have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UMBC in the fall of 2013 and compete in the sport of men's basketball, acting head coach Aki Thomas announced today.
Will Darley, a 6'7", 200-lb. guard, who attended Dulaney High School, and Charles Taylor, Jr., a 6'4", 185-lb. small forward who currently matriculates at Mount Zion Academy in Baltimore, Md. committed to the Retrievers during the signing period.
After graduating from Dulaney in the spring of 2012, Darley is currently attending Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. He excelled during his senior campaign for the Lions, averaging 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Timonium, Md. native earned Baltimore County Second Team honors and competed in the Baltimore County vs. Baltimore City Senior All-Star game after his final campaign.
Darley competed for the Crusader Nation 17U AAU squad during the summer of 2012.
"Will has a tremendous upside and high basketball IQ," Thomas said. "We will look to have him fill the void left by the graduation of Brian Neller."
Taylor, a native of Haymarket, Va., completed his high school studies at Springbrook (Md.) High School in 2011-12. He competed in the Montgomery County senior all-star game, scoring eight points in the contest.
Taylor competed at national high school power Montrose Christian Academy during the 2010-11 campaign. He is currently playing for former Retriever Rod Harrison at Mount Zion.
"Charles is a high-level athlete that will bring a lot of energy to our program," Thomas said. "He is a tremendous slasher and finisher."
Neller, and classmates Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) and Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) will complete their eligibility in 2012-13.