Friday, February 17, 2017

Soule Gives Verbal Commitment to BC

One of the top girls basketball talents to ever come out of New Hampshire has made her college decision. Taylor Soule, a resident of Lebanon, NH and a junior at Kimball Union Academy has given her verbal commitment to Boston College head coach Erik Johnson.

"I had offers from UNH, UMASS AMHERST, Marshall University, URI, Cincinnati, Delaware, Boston College, Fordham and Providence" Soule told the NH Notebook. "In the end I choose BC because of how the overall school made me feel. The campus is absolutely beautiful. The coaches are great and caring people who I know I will learn a lot from. I'm really excited."

BC is 9-18 on the season right now in ACC play. The ACC is one of the most competitive women's basketball leagues in the country.

"I know how competitive the ACC is so when choosing where I wanted to continue my basketball career I had to think about conference and what kind of program I wanted to be a part of" explained Soule, a 6-foot wing forward. "A school like Boston College who's sometimes perceived as a smaller named school, will have a lot to prove playing against some of the biggest names in women's college basketball but I know they play with heart and never back down. I want to be part of a team chasing something big while playing with purpose and I know that's what the people at BC are working hard to achieve."

Soule has gotten to where she is today as a player with a lot of hard work. She has good size, athleticism and can really attack the basket. She has honed her skills and also showcased her talent on the AAU circuit while playing for the Rivals Basketball Club.

"Taylor is one of those players who do not come along very often" said Scott Hazelton, who coached Soule on the Rivals. "She is an elite athlete that plays with a high motor. "She's a phenomenal teammate, and extremely coachable, which made my job as a coach very easy. Over the past two summers she has proven herself against some of the best players in the country. I've seen her grow over the past two years into a very good basketball player. I believe her best days are ahead of her. Right now athletically and physically she could play at the next level. I believe if she keeps improving her basketball skill she will be an impact player at Boston College."

Soule is a very versatile player with the ability to play inside or out on the perimeter. She recently scored her 1,000th point as a junior at KUA. Expect her to help out BC on the court in a variety of ways.

"I can see myself playing more of a guard" Soule pointed out. "I've talked to the coaches before and I think that's where they could see me playing. I'll have to continue to work on my outside shooting to have that be a possibility, but I'm excited to see where I end up."

Soule is one of the many talented local basketball prospects who is attending prep school as opposed to the NHIAA. This has contributed to her success.

"I will be forever thankful for having the opportunity to come to KUA" commented Soule. "It's opened so many doors for me athletically and academically. I have become a better and well rounded person just because of the people I've been able to surround myself with and the environment I've been in for the past 3 years."

The Upper Valley of New Hampshire isn't necessarily considered to be a basketball hotbed. But between all of Soule's achievements, and the consistent dominance of the Lebanon High girls team, it's time this region gets some more respect.

"I think my commitment will give attention to women's college basketball in general" Soule concluded. "I think respect goes along with that because it shows you can come from a small town and still go big places like Boston College. I played for Coach Kehoe who is currently coaching my younger sister. I personally think he's doing great things at Lebanon High School and has a great group of girls this year who are doing really well."

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