Tyler Lydon traveled coast to coast showing off his impressive skills the last two weeks at AAU events in Los Angeles and Virginia. It's paid off for the Class of 2015 prospect, who in the last two days nabbed three Big Six conference scholarship offers, his first.
Iowa, Providence and Boston College joined Boston University , James Madison, Siena and Buffalo in extending an opportunity to the 6-foot-8 1/2, 185-pound Lydon. The Albany (NY) City Rocks forward also has heard from Gonzaga, Florida, Syracuse, Providence, Virginia Tech and others.
The Hawkeyes hopped into the mix with Lydon earlier this month.
"I recently got a call, about two weeks ago, from their assistant, Andrew Francis," Lydon said. "After that, we got talking a little bit. After this tournament this past weekend, I got a phone call from the head coach (Fran McCaffery) and he offered me."
Lydon, who preps at the New Hampton School, said he enjoyed his conversation with McCaffery.
"He introduced me to the school and the coaching staff," Lydon said. "He talked about everything from basketball to what it's like there. He talked about what he sees in me as far as potential.
"He said that he liked how he would be able to play me anywhere from a three to a five. He likes how I run the floor and shoot."
Being on the other side of the country, Lydon said he still has a lot to learn about the Hawkeyes.
"I know a little bit," he said. "I watched them play here and there when they're on TV. But I don't know too much to be honest."
Lydon does know that Iowa pushes the ball and presses. He likes that brand of basketball.
"I like to get out and run in transition," he said. "I like to shoot the ball off of the fast break and also get out and dunk. I think their style fits my game really well."
Lydon only has visited James Madison but wants to see some other campuses to compare them all.
"I would definitely like to get out and visit Iowa, either officially or unofficially," he said. "I'm playing in a tournament in Boston and I think I will visit Boston College since I'll be there."
City Rocks will be participating in the EBYL event in Minneapolis in late May, so Lydon will get a taste of the Midwest. He knows what will be most important to him when choosing a school.
"I'm going to be looking at what the campus is like," he said. "I'd like something with a home feel to it. The coaching staff is important. If I don't get along with the coaching staff, it's not going to be for me. I want to connect with the coaching staff and the players."
Lydon has time to make his choice. He can not sign a letter of intent until November of next year.
"I'm just going to wait things out and just see how things go," Lydon said. "I've got a lot of time so I'm going to keep everything open for a while and see how it goes."
Lydon just turned 17 in April. Doctors recently told him that there was room in his joints for him to grow taller. With his skill set, that could bring even more opportunities his way.
Lydon is leaning towards a business management major and hopes to one day coach college basketball.