Los Angeles Middlebrooks Academy forward Tyler Bey is already generating a lot of interest from college coaches this off-season. Arizona State became the most recent school to offer a scholarship on Thursday.
"I'm excited about the offer," Bey said. "I don't really know a lot yet about the school but i know they have a new coach and all, a new staff, and I know they've got their team together too. Coach Hurley is just saying how they are getting players and how they have a plan to get better. I definitely want to visit Arizona State and learn more about everything."
Originally a member of the 2016 class, Bey reclassified to 2017 and the Las Vegas native has seen his recruitment take off. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder said he's now up to 23 scholarship offers. Four schools are already in-line to receive an official visit as long as things continue to progress as expected.
"ASU, San Diego State, Colorado, and Oregon State are schools I'd like to go see," Bey said. "I think I'm going to wait until after July and then take my official visits."
Lamar Bigby, founder and director of Bey's club team the Las Vegas Knicks, believes the young forward has the work ethic and disposition to be very successful long term.
"He's a very good kid, very likable," Bigby said. "He keeps to himself a little, kind of shy initially, but he gets after it on the hardwood. I think he's definitely a wing. I think he has a chance -- I haven't said this about a lot of players that have come through my program -- but he has a chance to be really special if he keeps working at it. Big time athlete, jumps out the gym, rebounds and defends, shoots it, shoots it from the outside. He's very explosive in transition. He eats everything off the rim. He's an elite level type prospect in my opinion.
"His motor is relentless. Now you've got a guy who has been playing the four and five all these years and now he's picked up these skills where he can shoot it and put it on the floor and it's a deadly combination, it really."
Bey said he's put in extra time in the gym since last fall in order to transition his game so that he's got a chance to play effectively beyond college, patterning his development after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, a late-bloomer.
"I was like an undersized power forward and I've been working hard in the last year since like November to improve my shot, handle and defense and I turned into a legit small forward," Bey said. "Now I am an all around player."
Going to school in a bigger city where there's a lot going on socially and on campus is appealing to Bey, he said. For Bigby, who played collegiately at UNLV out of Detroit, the Sun Devils are a program he's comfortable with from a trust standpoint.
"I love their coaching staff," Bigby said. "Coach Hurley, he was at Duke and I grew up watching him play. He's an introverted guy, not a man of a lot of words. But Rashon Burno and (newly hired) Anthony Coleman, those are my guys, I love them and talk with them regularly. I played against Rashon in college and have been knowing A.C. ever since I've been on the adidas trail."