Student Athlete of the Week: Dalton Taylor

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Whether it's during the season or in the offseason, St.Anne's-Belfield senior Dalton Taylor lives in the gym.

"He's by definition a gym rat and whatever his ceiling is," STAB boys basketball coach Damin Altizer said," You hear about kids ceilings and maximizing their potential, whatever his ceiling is he's going to blow right through it."

A typical day for the 2017-18 first team All-Prep league selection starts in the gym before school and usually ends right back in the gym.

"I just love the game, I love to play, being in the gym," Taylor said, "All the hard work, the competitiveness of it. Just everything about it I just love."

All that work is where Taylor's leadership starts and is easy to see on the floor as the Saints' point guard.

"Born with it, I've always wanted to be the leader of the team, always wanted to just be that guy," Taylor said.

"Floor general, guys look to him, they gravitate to him, he's an extension of us as coaches on the floor," Altizer said about his point guard, "When the team is down, he rallies them, somebody doesn't know where to be, he tells them where to be."

But for Taylor it is not enough to serve just his team, which is why he is taken the next step to help lead the student body as the Student Life co-President.

"He's everything you could want," Altizer said, "He's a consummate servant leader, he's a leader by example, he's vocal, he's just the epitome of everything that's good about high school student-athlete's."

"Trying to get students out and about and having fun outside the classroom," Taylor said of his role in the school, "In the classroom I try to be vocal and make my opinions heard and help other people that may not have the opportunity have their voice heard and have their opinions shared."

Now as his time at STAB comes to a close, Taylor hopes his love of the game carries him to the next level.

"Loving the game, always watching it, I'm a student of the game, always watching games," Taylor said.

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