Olander To 2010 Class

Tyler Olander is now in the 2010 class. The talented high major prospect left Worcester Academy and is back at his local school in Storrs.

It's rare that a possible top 100 talent pops up during their senior season, but that seems to be the case with Tyler Olander.

Earlier in the year Olander, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was at Worcester Academy and was a reclassified 2011 prospect. Now, Olander is back in Connecticut at Storrs (Conn.) E.O. Smith as a member of the 2010 class.

"Coach [Ed] Reilly was a great coach, but overall the whole social part of it just wasn't the right place for me," Olander told Scout.com. "I was having a hard time adjusting to Prep school and the way it works."

At E.O. Smith, Olander, an athletic big man that can shoot to 18-feet, is off to a strong start, despite an early season set back.

"I've been playing pretty well," he said. "I'm still trying to get back in shape after breaking my thumb in the fall. Overall we are playing good as a team and I'm contributing in a lot of ways. I'm happy with the way I've played so far."

On the recruiting front, there are a handful of schools that have a leg up on Olander's recruitment.

"There are five schools that I like and three of them that I really like," he told Scout.com. "The three that I really like are UConn, Florida and Wake Forest. And then URI and Virginia are the other two."

Olander's affinity for Connecticut comes from his proximity to their campus and the fact that he grew up around the Huskies.

"I like UConn because my high school is on UConn's campus and it's where I grew up my whole life," Olander said. "I grew up watching Jim Calhoun coach and I've become accustomed to their style of play and their tradition."

Wake Forest is under strong consideration because of their style of play and his former coach had good things to say about the Demon Deacons and their coaching staff.

"Just their style of play," Olander said when asked what he liked about Wake Forest. "When I was at Worchester coach Reilly said nothing but good things about them because he's had other players good players go there and he had nothing but good things to say about them."

Much like his reasoning for being interested in Wake Forest, Olander think he fits into Florida's style of play and that's one of the many reasons he has interest in the Gators.

"I like coach [Billy] Donovan and just how they play," Olander said. "It's a good school."

Olander has taken unofficial visits to Connecticut and Rhode Island. He's planning a few more trips during his spring break.

"I think I'm going to wait until the end of the season and take some visits down to Wake Forest and Florida and then see what I want to do."

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