One of the West Coast’s most improved 2017 prospects comes from Los Angeles Middlebrooks Academy in 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward Tyler Bey.
As an emerging young prospect in Las Vegas, Bey always had the size, length and athleticism but was very raw on offense and mostly just made an impact around the basket based on his physical tools.
However, after reclassifying from 2016 to 2017 and moving to Los Angeles, Bey really improved his skill set, as his handle and jumper are both respectable, while he’s also made advances to his feel and passing ability.
This weekend at the Magic Memorial Day event in Orange (Calif.), the Las Vegas Knicks forward showed off his expanded game.
“I didn’t see basketball as a career for me before,” Bey said. “I just started working hard every day. I worked on my handle and shooting. I’m passing the ball better and making people look better.”
Offers have come in quickly for Bey, who listed Utah, Washington State, Colorado, San Diego State, Wyoming, Nevada, Fresno State, Tulsa, New Mexico and New Mexico State as programs which have recently offered.
Four schools are recruiting Bey the hardest at this point.
“San Diego State, Washington State, Nevada and Tulsa,” Bey listed, before briefly breaking down what he likes about each of them.
San Diego State: “I have a good relationship with the coaches; they’ve taught me a lot of things.”
Washington State: “Washington State has just always been a good school to me.”
Nevada: “They’ve been recruiting me since day one.”
Tulsa: “I like their playing style, how they get up and down the floor.
As of now, Bey is in no rush to make a decision.
“I want to keep working to see what I can get,” Bey said. “I’ll probably decide at the end of the summer.”