Tyler Hall blended in as a freshman. He stood 5-foot-9 and projected as a nice high school point guard down the line.
The outlook began changing last summer. The Rock Island High product shot up to 6-foot-3.
Despite the growth spurt, Hall still was developing his skills. He spent his sophomore season honing them on the junior varsity. He did it well.
Running with the Quad Cities Elite this spring and summer, Hall turned the heads of college coaches. South Dakota offered the Class of 2015 product a scholarship and schools like Creighton, Evansville, Illinois State, Iowa, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Loyola reached out to him.
"It's going pretty well," Hall said of his recruitment. "It's pretty cool all of the different coaches you see at these tournaments and all the different ones you hear about that are recruiting you. It doesn't really seem that real."
The increased attention has driven Hall to improve. He also was motivated by being on the junior varsity as a sophomore.
"I just worked really hard when I didn't get moved up to varsity," Hall said. "I didn't get really mad. It just made me work that much harder. I've continued to do that in AAU."
Hall boasts long arms and nice form on his jump shot. His game is fluid.
"I'm still working on my defense, just knowing where to be," he said. "I also need to attack more off of the dribble. I settle for jumpers sometimes. I need to finish at the basket."
Iowa noticed Hall early in the summer. They played phone tag for a while before connecting. The Hawkeyes set up an unofficial campus visit for him on this coming Saturday.
"I talked to Coach (Andrew) Francis," Hall said. "He said that I would fit real well into their program. He wanted me to come over and meet all the coaches and see the campus."
Northern Iowa also has moved aggressively for Hall. Assistant P.J. Hogan has been in contact with him.
"We're trying to get to know each other," Hall said. "They're just telling me that they're going to keep coming and watching me."
Hall attended an elite camp at Illinois State last week. He's expected to be at South Dakota sometime in October.
"I hope I keep getting interest from more schools," Hall said. "I'll just keep playing and whatever comes, comes."
Hall continues to work on his play off of the ball after running at point guard for most of his life. He still can help with his handle, however.
"I'm trying to come off screens more but I don't mind bringing the ball up," Hall said. "I'm comfortable with the ball in my hands."
With the AAU season behind him, Hall turns his focus to the Rock Island campaign. He should get plenty of help from the likes of C.J. Carr, Trey Sigel, Larry Dixon and others.
"We're going to be pretty good," he said. "I'm really looking forward to playing varsity. I've been waiting for it for a while."