Tyler Newbold Emerges One of Utah's Top Prospects

A highly regarded basketball prospect from Utah whose mother works in the BYU sports medicine department will be getting multiple looks from top college coaches around the country this summer – and currently does <b><i>not</i></b> yet list BYU among his favorites.

Tyler Newbold, a 6-5, 190 pound shooting guard from Payson High School who averaged 16.3 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game last season, outlined part of his summer schedule to TotalBlueSports.com: North Carolina next week for the Bob Gibbons Camp. In July, he will be all over the country participating at camps and tournaments with his AAU team, the Salt Lake Metro. Their roundball lineup includes the Big-Time Tournament in Las Vegas; Best of Summer in Los Angeles; and the Adidas All-American Camp.

The list of colleges giving Newbold serious include Utah and Wyoming, who have both offered scholarships. Coaches from Stanford, Gonzaga, Arizona State and Utah State have visited him. Uconn, BYU, New Mexico, Penn State, Oregon, Oregon State and Rice have sent recruiting material. "I'll be going to Wyoming and Colorado for unofficial visits between all my summer camps," Newbold said.

When asked if he has a leader, Tyler responded, "Utah right now, but things can change. You never know," he said, "I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff, the city I'll be living in, and the program. I want to make sure I'm comfortable with the people I'll be around a lot. That's also important. I'll make that decision before my senior year starts," Newbold added.

Dave Telep, the national recruiting analyst for TheInsidersHoops.com, said "the state of Utah has a number of top players on the west coast." Newbold's AAU team, the Salt Lake Metro, is the beneficiary of that talent. Coached by Dave Hammer, the Metro is expected to be among the top teams on the western circuit, Telep said.

Coach Hammer said in a previous interview that Newbold will combo at the point and at the guard position. "Tyler is a tremendous athlete with major hops," Hammer said. "He also is extremely fundamentally sound at everything he does. He can shoot the three, has a mid-range game and can dunk on you off the drive. He is also an excellent passer; my only criticism is he may too unselfish," Hammer said.

In a separate interview earlier this year with Greg Hicks, TheInsidersHoop.com west coast basketball analyst, Newbold listed his top four at the time: Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado.

"I want to go to a place where I feel they want me badly; where I feel needed," said Newbold. "I'd like to play early, but that's not a real big deal." Newbold said he has a 3.8 GPA and scored 22 on the ACT.

Asked to provide a self-assessment of his considerable basketball skills, Newbold noted, "I'm a pretty good shooter, I like rebounding from the guard position. Court vision. Unselfishness. I love to pass. Those are my strengths. I need to improve my ball handling and getting stronger for the next level."

An LDS athlete, Newbold said he had not made up his mind yet about serving an LDS mission, but "I don't want to go to some place that won't let me go. I haven't decided on a mission yet. That should be my decision, not the schools choice."

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