Big Names Recruiting 2007 Forward

Alex Tyus would have been a hot commodity in the Class of 2006, but the reclassified 6-7 hybrid forward from Harmony Christian School in Cincinnati has seen a who's who of high major programs recruit him this spring.

"I think his top five choices now are Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, Miami and Arizona," Harmony Head Coach Travis McAvene said. "Except for Kentucky, all have offered scholarships."

A number of other high major programs like UNLV, Illinois and Oklahoma State remain seriously in the mix.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Tyus will spend the next two years at Harmony Christian before heading off to college in the fall of 2007. He'll continue to run with the O.J. Mayo led D-I Greyhounds next spring and summer.

"We are trying to get Alex to play hard all the time," McAvene said. "When he plays hard, he's really good."

"We are trying to get him to become a force on the defensive end," he continued. "He's a great offensive rebounder, but he has to improve on the defensive rebounding end."

As for the recruiting, McAvene feels that Tyus will take three to four visits during his junior campaign before making an early decision. "But he's nowhere near making a decision just yet," he added.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Now that the Cats seem to be on the outside looking in for the services of Lance Thomas, Tyus may be the next best thing. The Cats are on a few combo forwards and it's hard to say which they prefer, but Tyus brings a lot of athleticism, length and aggressiveness to the table.

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