Jolly's unexpected return yields offers

Tyson Jolly, a 6-foot-4 wing out of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City West, didn’t think this type of attention would come. In fact, at one point, Jolly didn’t think he would play basketball again.

“It’s crazy after what happened last year,” Jolly explained to Scout.

Last February, Jolly passed out at school and was rushed to the hospital for what turned out to be blood clots in his lungs.

“He told me I’d never play again,” Jolly recalled about his conversation with the doctor he met with. “I came back in eight months.”

“The doctor at the hospital wouldn’t clear me,” he added. “I found a specialist and the specialist cleared me.”

Jolly said he’s lucky to be alive.

“I feel extremely blessed,” Jolly said. “I don’t know what I did to deserve to still be here after all that. I know God has me here for a reason.”

Now, Jolly is not only healthy, but also one of the top available shooting guard prospects in high school basketball. Averaging 20 points and nine rebounds a game during his senior season, Jolly has added interest from a host of colleges.

“It’s been crazy,” he admitted. “Recruiting wise, I mean it’s been crazy. Some of the schools I never thought would talk to me are calling my phone trying to get me to come to their school. I‘ve had four offers since I’ve been back.”

The schools that have offered so far are California, SMU, Tulsa and UTEP. He also has entertained interest from Colorado, Creighton, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and TCU. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger and TCU coach Trent Johnson were at his regional championship game on Tuesday.

“After the season is over, I’m really going to dig into it and figure out where I want to go,” Jolly said. “I’ll start taking some visit and start building relationships with the coaches.”

While Jolly hasn’t scheduled any visits, there are a few schools he’s planning to see.

“I’m going to visit Cal, SMU and UTEP for sure,” Jolly added.

Does Jolly have any favorites?

“Not really,” he said. “I like California coaches, but I’m not really leaning towards anybody right now because I haven’t sat down and thought on it.”


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