LAS VEGAS -- After one night of action at the Adidas Summer Championships, Tyler Bey leads the event in rebounding with the 14 he collected on Wednesday.
But Bey wasn't happy after the game, as his Las Vegas Knicks fell by just one point to the Iowa Barnstormers, 60-59, in the nightcap, which ended after 10:30 p.m. locally.
"We played well, could have played better though in this game and the whole live period, actually," Bey said following the effort.
Bey also had 17 points but made just 5 of 16 shots from the field, with six turnovers. An impressive first half in which he shot the ball well turned into a frustrating second half in which the game slipped away.
But Bey made 2 of 5 3-pointers in the game, an important fact considering he's been working to turn himself from an undersized 6-foot-7 power forward into more of a wing. Athletically he has the ability to do it, as Bey is an impressive run and jump athlete with length.
"I was just getting through my screens and working for my teammates," Bey said. "Shooting the ball well (in the first half) and getting rebounds. I think I need to work on my handles, defense, just getting better period."
The Knicks will play twice Thursday, as the opportunities to erase bad memories come quickly on the AAU circuit.
In recruiting, Arizona State extended a scholarship offer in early June and Bey is regularly in contact with the Sun Devils.
"They're just telling me how good I'm doing and just basics," Bey said. "They're up there, in my top schools, yeah."
Bey is planning to visit ASU in August or September.
The Los Angeles Middlebrooks Academy student said he has a current Top-5 of ASU, Colorado, Iowa, San Diego State and Wyoming. Iowa hasn't offered a scholarship yet, Bey said, but is actively recruiting him.
"I'll probably make a Fall decision," Bey said, "Take some visits and go from there."