One of the West Coast’s top small forwards in the 2017 class is Tyler Bey, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound athlete from Studio City (Calif.) Middlebrooks Academy.
The emerging forward has made a big leap as a prospect over the last several months, as he’s transitioned from an unskilled four to a small forward with quickly improving ball skills, passing and ability to hit shots.
Wyoming received an official visit this weekend, while Colorado is set up for Sept. 8, Arizona State on Sept. 30 and San Diego State on Oct. 22. Fresno State’s official visit hasn’t been set up yet.
Bigby broke down what Bey likes about his five finalists.
Wyoming: “He loves the fact that Wyoming is going to play up-tempo with a lot of wing players and a point guard. He saw what they were able to do with Larry Nance, Jr. and Tyler likes that he developed into a pro there. He feels that system is one he can be effective in.”
Fresno State: “He loves the fact that they play a lot of big wing players and get after you defensively and have an up-tempo style of play.”
Arizona State: “It’s in the Pac-12 and ASU was a dream school for him at one point. He was really happy to receive an offer from them. He’s getting to know Bobby Hurley and Rashon Burno and learning how he’ll fit in their system.”
Colorado: “He loves Colorado. He loves Coach (Tad) Boyle, Coach Pri (Jean Prioleau) and (Mike) Rohn; he loves their whole staff. He sees what they did with (Spencer) Dinwiddie, (Andre) Roberson and George King, who was also under the radar. Tyler sees how they develop their guys and he wants to be a four-year guy like that. He likes their development and believes in what they do.”
San Diego State: “They’ve had guys like Kawhi Leonard, Billy White and Jamaal Franklin and Tyler sees himself as a mixture of all those guys, who in their system were positionless basketball players. They do a great job taking positionless guys and making them effective.”
As Bey continues with the visit process, he’ll be looking for several qualities in a program.
“I think he’ll be looking for coaches who are into developing their players, the opportunity to play and learn through his mistakes early and to have a solid rapport with his coaching staff as well as stability in the program,” said Bigby.