Star Staff Reports
After receiving offers around the Mid-South, the Denver Pioneers leaped atop Gatlin’s recruiting list. And after an official visit, the senior point guard gave his verbal commitment.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the blessings He has given me with my physical and mental abilities. I want to thank my biggest supporters, my Mom and Dad. They have been there with me when I was struggling and when I was shining. I also want to thank Coach Billups, Coach Patton, and the rest of the coaching staff for this great opportunity and also @jrholmes31 for assisting in the process and helping with the exposure. Last but not least, I would like to show appreciation to the support from other friends and family that have been there through the years and or watched the grind. It’s been a very long,, very stressful recruiting process but I’ve decided to further my education and basketball career with the University of Denver.”
Gatlin will join the Pioneers who play Division I basketball in the Summit League in the Magness Arena. Denver is led by Head Coach Rodney Billups, brother of NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups.
Gatlin was joined on the trip to Colorado by his mother Demeka and father/Brighton Head Coach Stan.
The Gatlins helped lead the Cardinals to the program’s best season last year reaching Sub-State. Brighton only loss one game at home the entire season in winning the district title. Taelyr was selected MVP of the district and was named All-District and All-Region last season. He scored 21 points in the Sectional game against the eventual Class 3A State champions East Mustangs.