All-Star Snub Matters Little
It's a big camp and sometimes kids don't get their due. It happens all the time and this year it looks like it happened to TN SF Derrick Byars. He wasn't selected to the post-camp all-star game despite having the requisite credentials. Nevertheless, Byars left ABCD looking like a Top 50 player nationally.
For his efforts, he'll likely be bombarded this week with new information from college recruiters. Before camp started, he had been receiving information from Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas, UConn, Maryland, Miami, Clemson, Kentucky, Illinois, Purdue and Vanderbilt. Byars says he has scholarship offers from Clemson, UConn, Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
He says there isn't a leader or a final list of schools. "It's hard to say because I don't know what their interest level is. It's hard to say what schools right now."
Memphis pushed for an early commitment from him, but he wasn't ready to pull the trigger. Byars is even more attractive a prospect when you consider he has a 3.8 GPA and posted a qualifying score on the ACT.
The adidas Camp wasn't the first snub this year for Byars. Somehow, he was only an honorable mention all-state player in Tennessee. Byars hits the road later this month and will play in the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals.