Forward wants to run

The Wildcats have had some recruiting success in the Midwest over the years. Players like Michael Wright, Justin Wessel, Kirk Walters and Will Bynum have all fared from that portion of the country. The Cats seem to be eyeing another Midwesterner for the 2007 class.

The D1 Greyhounds have a ton of big time players. Guys like O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker may get most of the attention, but it was Alex Tyus who got Lute Olson to come out and watch the Ohio AAU team in Las Vegas.

Tyus has drawn a few comparisons to 2006 stud Lance Thomas and it isn't because the two share the same hairstyle. Both are long, athletic power forwards who have the athleticism and desire to play both inside and out.

"I'll probably be a combo," Tyus noted. "A lot of people see me coming right in and running at the four but later on in my career I'd like to move out more to the three."

Tyus, a 6-8 forward from Harmony Christian High School in Cincinnati, may be one of the best players in the Midwest, but he does not necessarily want to play there. Tyus is listing no fewer than six schools and none is near his home.

"Arizona, Syracuse, North Carolina, Texas, UNLV, Miami and a few others," Tyus listed as his favorites. "I'm still kind of open."

With the exception of Syracuse, all of the other schools are in fairly warm climates and Tyus says that a lack of tough winters is a real factor in his deciding on a program. More important than warm weather is tempo.

"I like places where they have up tempo game and a team that runs the floor," said Tyus.

He would be very good as a big man for a team that runs. Although he is a good low post player, he is better when getting up and down the floor. He is very long and active as well.

He is also looking at other factors in a school.

"Mainly a coach that can take me to the next level and just a good environment to be at," he added to his list of criteria.

Arizona may be far from home but the Wildcats have a lot of the things he is looking for in a school. "I like how they run," Tyus said of the Wildcats. "I like Lute Olson a lot. I like his style of play."

Tyus looks like he has top-50 talent, but he isn't satisfied. He wants to continue to improve and get noticed in games with his talented teammates. His desire is to one day be a full time wing and he knows that he is not ready for that challenge yet.

"I'm just trying to work on enhancing my perimeter game," said Tyus. "Ball handling and shooting from the perimeter. Those are my main goals."

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