Haws Staying Busy

Tyler Haws plans on staying busy this summer with various camps and other functions as he works to narrow down his college choices. Having been named as the top player on the hardcourt this past year, Haws has garnered a lot of attention. TBS caught up with Haws to learn of his plans and which school he's leaning toward.

Tyler Haws is one hot commodity coming off his junior year, in which he as a First-Team All-State selection for the second year in a row. Haws was also named Mr. Basketball for the State of Utah by the Deseret News and received various other honors.

"I had a good year and I'm happy with how I played," said Haws. "But what was most important to me was being able to help my team, Lone Peak, win the state championship again. That's always the main goal and the thing I work hardest for."

Haws is a 6-foot-5-inch, 185-pound swingman who is the son of former BYU great Marty Haws. Given his father's ties with BYU, coupled with simply being the best prospect in the state and playing for a school just north of Provo, Haws has received a lot of attention from Cougar coaches.

"Yeah, I'm very familiar with BYU," mentioned Haws. "I was just down there yesterday meeting with coaches and working out with the team."

Haws holds a scholarship offer from BYU and likes what the school has to offer.

"I like BYU as a school and I feel comfortable when I'm there," said Haws. "I like Coach Rose a lot. He's a great guy and a great coach. BYU is definitely a school I'm considering."

Haws also enjoyed working out with the team as he looks to see which team he'd fit in with best. One of those players Haws worked out with was Lee Cummard, whom he could easily draw comparisons with.

"I definitely see myself playing a similar role with BYU as Cummard does now if I decide to go to BYU," said Haws. "I'm not saying that I'm as good as him or that I can do the things that he does yet, but that's the sort of player I am. Hopefully I can work hard and become as good as Cummard is when I'm in college."

Haws' options of course don't end with BYU. He currently holds offers from Utah and Davidson, with many other schools likely to offer the Utah Player of the Year here soon.

"I had an offer from Stanford, but they had a coaching change and I don't know right now if I'll still have the option of signing with Stanford," said Haws. "We're keeping in contact and hopefully they keep that offer for me."

Haws has also received phone calls and a bevy of letters from schools such as Wake Forest, Cal and Marquette, and is hopeful about receiving offers from more schools.

In addition to BYU, Haws has also become very familiar with the University of Utah, having gone through similar unofficial visits with the program. Despite his obvious BYU ties, Haws is strongly considering Utah.

"Even though my dad played for BYU, he's not pushing me to sign with them," said Haws. "He's very open and just wants the best thing for me. He wants me to go to the school that has the best fit for me and he knows that school may or may not be BYU. But we both like BYU a lot, but we like Utah too right now."

Haws aims on making his final decision by the end of the summer, a summer in which he'll keep plenty busy by attending camps and other functions to improve his overall game. Haws' plans include attending the NBA Top 100 Camp in Virginia, attending BYU's team camp with his Lone Peak teammates, and playing for his AAU circuit team that his father coaches.

In the meantime, Haws is looking to narrow down his choices in hopes of making his final decision before his final senior season with Lone Peak begins.

"I want to go to the school which is the best fit for me as a player and as a student," said Haws. "I want to narrow down my choices as the summer goes on. Right now I'm looking at BYU and Utah the hardest, but when other offers come in I'll look at those schools as well. I'm also interested in learning more about Davidson and hopefully I'll get to visit out there."

Most of Haws' contact with BYU and Utah has come by virtue of their proximity, allowing him to take very close looks at those schools. However, he certainly doesn't want to limit his options to those two schools and has expressed a desire to look equally at all of the schools recruiting him.

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