PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A lesser man may not fess up to the true origins of his first name, but Breein Tyree has a man-sized personality and game to go with it.
The St. Joseph's (Metuchen, N.J.) standout 2016 point guard, who Terrapin Times caught its first live look at July 9 at the Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University, can talk the talk and walk the walk.
An explosive lead guard who can shoot it from deep, finish hard among the bigs, as well set up open teammates and deliver the ball, already has Maryland high on his early list. And he's coming to College Park, Md., next month for another unofficial visit.
But first that unique name.
"I was supposed to be a girl. They [my parents] didn't know I was going to be a boy until the end," Tyree quipped. "And they really liked the nickname 'Bre,' so my grandmother told my dad to name me Breein. No, I don't get too much grief about it [laugh]."
Name-game aside, his hoops game did the talking Wednesday afternoon as the 6-foot-2 Tyree was breaking down defenders off the bounce and getting to the rack, to either finish or dish to open teammates for buckets, or raining down a few deep jumpers himself. An explosive and sudden athlete, Tyree could get his shot most anywhere on the floor and showed real good lift, while also exhibiting excellent floor vision, always finding the open shooter in scoring position. A physical talent for just a youngster, he maybe has some early shades of the last great explosive lead guard from St. Joseph's, Jay Williams.
And on the Terps, who Tyree already knows much about because he is good friends with Maryland freshman forward Jared Nickens, he said:
"I am a big Maryland Terps fan. And it's one of my mom's favorite schools. And especially because Jared goes there I have connections there so I am definitely very interested in Maryland. My mom, well she just likes their style of play. She was big fan of them a few years ago, before they went big-time and with Under Armour and all, so she has been a Maryland fan for some time."
Tyree has three brothers, all of whom played basketball, one at Stonybrook, while his father also played the game. He also has a brother once recruited by the Terps for football, who ultimately signed with Rutgers.
On his well-balanced hoops game, Tyree said:
"I have....my game is sometimes really unpredictable. Sometimes I am shooter, sometimes I go to the lane and everything starts rolling."
Creighton, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Seton Hall, among others are on him, with the first round of offers coming from Richmond, Seton Hall, Davidson, Holy Cross and Towson.
"And Maryland just wants to see me throughout July, see how I perform, but I should be expecting an offer soon I think," Tyree said.
Tyree said he may want to study business at college. He visited Maryland previously when his brother saw the school for football purposes. And then he's got Nickens in his ear as well.
"Jared tells me [Maryland is] not like high school, it's a lot harder down there especially like the workouts," Tyree said. "But he said the facilities are first class, it's such a beautiful campus and the dorms are amazing."
Tyree said he plans to see Maryland as well as some schools in Boston in August.
As a junior he averaged 15 points per game and eight assists per game.
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