2006 Focus: Tyronne McNeal

It's not as if 6-11, 240-pounders are a dime a dozen, so despite living in somewhat relative obscurity down in South Carolina, expect Tyronne McNeal to become a national commodity in the next few months.

When Tyronne McNeal went up against Ra'Sean Dickey in practice, he realized how far away he was from becoming a big-time player. The 6-11, 240-pound McNeal is starting to realize that potential.

``He had a lot more experience than me and is more of a power player," McNeal said of the fellow South Carolina native now playing at Georgia Tech.

McNeal, who is averaging 14 points, 11 boards and 2 blocks this season as a junior at Clover High (S.C.), has added bulk to his frame over the past year – and now is more adept at holding his position in the paint.

``He has real big upside once he becomes more aggressive," South Carolina Ravens coach Deion Bethea said. "He's improved his moves, has a real nice body and he's starting to be more active around the basket."

McNeal and his teammates will face Greenville tonight in the third round of the Class AAA playoffs. He is coming off a 16-point performance against Southside in the second round.

It's no secret that McNeal wants to remain fairly close to home – and that bodes well for the likes of Clemson, his self-proclaimed leader at this point.

However, McNeal also mentioned Tennessee and Florida State in the mix while Bethea added South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati as others showing interest.

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