BALTIMORE, Md. -- In Part II of our recent Charm City hoops recruiting tour, Gilman has enjoyed a roundball resurgence of late. And it's led by a handful of talented freshmen and sophomores starting to break out.
One is rising sophomore Tyler Foster, who already checks in at 6-feet-4, 165 pounds. Starting late in the season at shooting guard/small forward, Foster averaged about 11 points in his first year on the varsity. Foster is indeed one to watch in Baltimore hoops circles, already generating a good buzz for his athleticism, length and advanced game.
And his confidence.
"We had a young group, and we learned as we went first year in the [MIAA] A conference. But we had a pretty good start," Foster said of a team that upset John Carroll early. "This year I tried to expand my game more at the offensive and defensive end. But I think I need to work more on my rebounding and defense and things like that."
Said his AAU Coach Bub Carrington of powerhouse Baltimore Elite:
"Tyler's very athletic. He has never seen a shot he didn't like....he has that flair for the dramatic. And that's kind of rare [at that age], because a lot of kids say they want to take the big shot but they don't have the heart to take it. He is going to come at you, and that's what I like about Tyler. He wants it, but like all kids he has to be taught how to get it."
Growing up, Foster liked Duke, while he has seen the Terps in the gym this season.
"Maryland, I went to a game this year. Their team, I think they are going to be....they had some good games, but they didn't always play together every game," he said. "I was at the Syracuse game, a few others, and they have great fan support at all of their games. It's a real nice atmosphere."
It was Foster's only unofficial college campus visit this season. As for colleges looking down the road, he said Duke, Maryland, Syracuse and Virginia jump out the most, though it is early.
Foster wants to improve his shooting range and defense mostly this spring on AAU circuit. He projects as a 2/3 at college, but is still growing and is all arms and legs now.
"We've got a good future with so many sophomores and freshman," Foster said of Gilman, which also featured leading scorer Kai Locksley this past winter.
Foster attended the Terps' home games with a few of his Gilman and AAU teammates.
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