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Eye of the Tyger

EMERSON, GA -- Recent DePaul commit Tyger Campbell has generated a lot of excitement thanks to his recent pledge as he caught up with at an AAU event outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

The five-star point guard committed to the Blue Demons last week, surprising a lot of the basketball world in the process. The former Class of 2019 prospect just helped La Lumiere to a high school national championship as he's planning on reclassifying into the Class of 2018.

"My family likes Chicago. And we're from Iowa, so we're already from the Midwest. So Chicago is really nothing new," Campbell said. "I really like Coach Dave Leitao, he's a really wise guy. He's very laid back. That's the type of coach I want to have in college. And Coach Shane Heirman went there, so that played a little part in it too."

One of the reasons that Campbell also committed was the atmosphere he felt on campus. Campbell felt it when he visit the school's campus two weeks ago.

"Just really everybody I met, they were just nice and welcoming to me on the campus," Campbell said. "I like the people that go to DePaul and it was just cool."

"I really like the campus. We got a La Lumiere player [Brandon Cyrus] there who's like my big brother, so that played a part into it."

That kind of feedback also continued for Campbell after the commitment as he received a lot of positive support from the DePaul community.

"Yeah, I heard from a lot of people. They just said congratulations and we're excited for you to come here," Campbell said.

The commitment for Campbell is seen as a major coup for the Blue Demons and some around the basketball world wondered why such a decorated player would pick a program that has recently struggled.

"Really, people were just like, they couldn't believe I went there. I had a lot of big-time offers," Campbell said. "To me, DePaul is a big-time offer so I just took it. And when I went there I just fell in love with it."

Campbell is now looking forward for the chance to play in a new arena for a program that is on the rise. He's looking forward to the challenge of trying to help bring other players with him to DePaul.

"I mean, yeah, I'm gonna recruit. That's just what I do," Campbell said. "That's really the next step: just getting more guys to play with."

This spring, Campbell has been playing with Spiece Indy Heat in the Nike EYBL as he's one the league's premier floor leaders. Fourth in assists per game at 6.2 per contest, Campbell is finding teammates at an elite level.

Campbell is also averaging 12.7 points per game while also pulling down 3.6 rebounds. Although Campbell has had some strong games, he's hoping to close out the spring strong.

"I could have played better. It's kind of the end of [spring]. Body is breaking down. When I get back, we've got this next weekend off. Just gotta get in the gym, stretch a lot," Campbell said.

Spiece will close out this spring in Los Angeles during the final regular season stop in the Nike EYBL as they're hoping to make a push to get them into Peach Jam. At 5-7, Spiece could play their way into the biggest July event by playing well during Memorial Day weekend.

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