2007 Star Interested In Jayhawks

St. Louis forward Alex Tyus likes what he sees in the future for the Jayhawks, and he'd like to get an even closer look. The latest on Tyus' recruitment insde.

Those familiar with grassroots basketball in the Midwest have known about Alex Tyus for some time now. The whispers about his ability started when he was just a seventh grader making big noise in his native St. Louis. After spending his first three years of high school at Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central, the 6-8 forward has relocated to Cincinnati (OH) Harmony Prep and reclassified to the class of 2007.

Ranked #34 in his class by Scout.com, Tyus is being pursued by schools across the country. He’s already taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, Syracuse and St. Louis University this fall and is looking to set up another visit.

“I’m trying to set up a visit to go to Kansas sometime in December,” Tyus told Phog.net. “I always had Kansas as one of my favorite schools if I wanted to stay around home. Now, another thing that makes me want to see about possibly going to Kansas is Sherron Collins’ commitment. A guy like that makes everybody better and is the kind of kid that you want to play with.”

A long and spidery athlete who uses his quickness and instincts to clean the glass on both ends, Tyus experienced a bit of a basketball re-awakening over the summer. After struggling to find the right fit he joined up with highly regarded O.J. Mayo and Billy Walker on the D-1 Greyhounds and as a result of the attention he received playing with them both his game and confidence have soared.

“It was real nice playing with them and it made things much easier and relaxed,” said Tyus of Walker and Mayo. “So many guys worry about Bill and O.J. that it gives me a lot of open looks. Just being around them is crazy because everybody wants to know what you are up to and how you are playing.”

Along with his prowess on the glass, Tyus uses his bouncy athleticism on the defensive end where he alters and blocks shots at a high clip. Offensively he can take bigger defenders off of the dribble and has added a short hook from either block and is developing his jumper to 17 feet.

“It’s really hard for me to describe my own game so I’ll just say what my coaches would say about me,” says Tyus when asked to describe his game. “They’d say I have an improving jump shot and handles. I think they’d also say that I rebound, play hard, have a lot of energy and always find ways to get it done.”

Currently his top five programs consist of Arizona, Kansas, Miami, Syracuse and Texas and Tyus says that Arizona and Syracuse seem to be recruiting him the hardest. According to Tyus, he’s looking to develop his relationship with the Kansas staff further and he’ll continue to monitor the situation while looking to set up an unofficial visit.

“They’ve got a pretty good situation going on down there as far as the style of play and players they are getting,” said Tyus. “Coach Jankovich, I talk to him about once or twice a week and he’s pretty cool. I’ve also seen the campus before. I played in a tournament there a few years ago and me and my dad drove around and checked it out and I would like to see it again.”

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