7-Footer Finds Familiarity In SEC Power

James Tyler visited an SEC program last weekend and that was all it took. The 7-footer who hails from Richmond and is a member of the Class of 2008 is already off the board.

Apparently, the LSU Tigers are big in Richmond. John Brady's bunch has Chris Johnson on scholarship and he's a Richmond native. As of this weekend, Brady has laid claim to his second Richmond product.

James Tyler, a 7-footer from Patterson (N.C.) Patterson School, took an unofficial visit and found a future home. "I talked to him today and he said he's verbally committed," Patterson coach Chris Chaney said. "He went out there with Tony Squire (his AAU coach) and he said that he liked it a lot."

Tyler, likely to be one of the highest rated centers in the Class of 2008, was beginning to heat up as a prospect. Since the spring he's shown the commitment to losing weight and his game was expanding. This fall, North Carolina and North Carolina State each bopped in to check on him.

However, LSU moved faster than everyone else and got it done. "He's really good friends with Chris Johnson who is down there already and that had a lot to do with it," Chaney said.

Tyler spent last season at IMG Academy in Florida before moving onto Patterson where he and another Richmond product, Karron Johnson, are the featured underclassmen on a team laced with post graduate players.

"When they told me to look at him last year I saw the quality of kid he was. I knew he could play but I wondered about his work ethic and his attitude but he's been great on both ends. A kid like that, if he realizes what he can be he'll be successful."

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