ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Oakland women's basketball program added its second transfer on Friday, as Taylor Gleason has decided to come to Oakland after spending two seasons at Illinois, announced head coach Jeff Tungate. Gleason, a 5-foot-8 guard from Goodrich, Mich., was runner-up for Miss Basketball in 2013 and the No. 2 ranked player in the state coming out of high school.
"This has been a great week for our basketball program," said Coach Tungate. "With the addition of Nicole Dodd this week, and now adding Taylor Gleason, the future continues to be bright. Taylor is a player our fans will truly enjoy watching play. She is a playmaker who does everything well. Being the runner-up for Miss Basketball out of high school, and having been recruited by many high major programs, Taylor is obviously very gifted on the court. She will represent Oakland University very well on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. Our entire 2015 recruiting class has me extremely excited about what lies ahead for the women's basketball program at Oakland University."
Gleason played in 35 games, making eight starts over two seasons with the Fighting Illini. She averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 13.4 minutes. During her freshman campaign, Gleason averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while starting the final eight contests. She had one of her best performances on Feb. 27 against Nebraska recording career-highs in points (13), assists (six), 3-point field goals made (three) and minutes (33).
Out of high school, Gleason was one of the top rated players in the country as she was ranked the No. 52 point guard in the nation. She earned "Best of the Best" designation by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan in 2013 and was a three-time All-State first-team selection. At Goodrich High School, she led her team to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013. During her senior season she averaged 21.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.3 assists per game.