Why? Last week Tyler cracked the 1,000 point barrier at his school. He's already Palm Harbor's all-time leading scorer and shot blocker and, according to the St. Petersburg Times, is likely to hold every record the school has by the time he graduates. When you average 22 and 10, people tend to notice.
So, why has it taken so long to unearth this diamond in Florida? "I've grown a little bit and gotten stronger," Tyler said of his development as a junior. "I've just got to hit the weights and get ready for AAU and keep working hard."
Hard work is the way he does it. Tyler carries a 3.8 GPA and his SAT score – which he's very modest about – is close to 1,200. Folks, 22 points and a big time GPA are the ingredients for a serious recruitment that should attract high-majors.
Tyler has room to grow and to reach the highest level possible, there remains work to be done. His AAU coach, Tom Topping, sees a prospect with room to grow.
"He's going to have to learn how to really ratchet up his intensity level and aggressiveness," Topping said. "I really think he'll be able to do that when he's playing with us. He's only going to have to play his position as well as he can. He's going to be able to focus on just playing his position to the best of his ability. I think he has a great chance to do that."