"It (Louisville) was a good fit for me, and it seemed like they are a good fit for my skill set. And coach Pitino is a really good coach," said Tyler. "The thing that really stood out to me was the coaching situation. They have a really good situation and a lot of talent on the coaching staff.
"Coach Pitino has been coaching for a really long time. He has coached a lot of NBA players and he knows what it takes to get you to the NBA. And he has won a lot of championships and conference championships."
Starting in 2010, Tyler's incoming recruiting class will be the first freshmen to have the opportunity to play in the new downtown arena. Expected to be a huge recruiting tool, it seems that Tyler is the first recruit to be lured by the exciting new project.
"That was a really big factor for me. I got a chance to see everything and a chance to play in the best facilities was a really big draw for me," said Tyler. "And I really loved Minardi Hall as well. That is a place I could live in not only as a dorm, but just live there in general."
Louisville assistantWalter McCarty was Tyler's primary recruiter. Having previously landed current freshman Kyle Kuric, McCarty seems to have big appeal with prospective recruits. Tyler speaks highly of the job McCarty did in his recruitment.
"I really like coach McCarty because he played in the NBA. He knows what it takes to make it to that level and he can help me get there," said Tyler.
A strong relationship was formed with several of the current players while on his trip to Louisville, though he was not familiar with most of the players prior to his visit.
"I was not really familiar with the program at first. I didn't really know any of the guys, but they turned out to be really cool guys. And coach Pitino seemed to recruit really good people," said Tyler.
Louisville fans will have a couple of opportunities to catch Tyler play this season as he will be playing a game in Louisville in January, and he will also be featured on ESPN2 on January 23rd at 9:30 PM vs. Fairfax (CA).