Thursday, December 18, 2014

Choate Commits to Bowdoin

Taylor Choate was starting for Nashua North as a freshman. She was selected 1st team all-state as a sophomore. As a junior she scored her 1,000th career point and led the Titans to the Division I Final Four and as a senior she became the all-time leading scorer for North girls basketball. Now Choate has made her college decision, committing to attend and play basketball at Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, Maine. They are part of the NESCAC, which is a very strong D-III conference for both academics and basketball.

"It was an easy decision for me" Choate told the NH Notebook. "I went on a visit there for a weekend in October. I liked the campus. I got a chance to practice with the team. Coach Shibles is really nice and so are all the girls. I played AAU with Hannah Cooke, who is on the team now as well. I wanted to play where they really wanted me instead of being just another player on the team."

Choate thrives in an up-tempo style of play. She is always looking to push the ball and excels either leading or finishing on the break. She's very tough to guard off the dribble, has a knack for making athletic finishes and can also step out and hit the 3. At 5-foot-7 she can play the 1, 2 or the 3 and also probably has more steals than any other current NHIAA player over the past 4 years. She plays hard, she's just as good on 'D' as she is on offense and she has a positive attitude, always with a smile on her face.

"It's a fantastic fit for Taylor" said Nashua North head coach Ricky Oliver, who has been her high school coach all 4 years. "There's some good, quality basketball in that conference. Plus she's a smart kid, she's the 33rd ranked student in her class academically and she'll get a fantastic education there. She's really good with her science classes."

Academics definitely played a role in Choate's decision in addition to basketball.

"I visited some other schools as well but they didn't have my major" said Choate, whose older sister Summer is currently attending Georgetown. "I want to be a pediatrician, and plan on studying Biology."

Choate took everything into consideration with this decision and is confident it's the right fit. Now she can focus on the basketball season at hand, and trying to lead North to a basketball state title while playing alongside her sister Alana and cousin Micheala Choate (both are freshmen). It would be the perfect end to what has already been an outstanding high school career.

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