The Terps' hoops staff reached out to, and hosted, numerous underclassmen recruits during the contact period, including an emerging Florida wing with ties to the area. Sagemont (Weston, Fla.) small forward Tyler Polley began to make a name for himself during the April evaluation period with his Miami City Ballers AAU squad, and mentioned UMD as one of the primary schools showing interest in him.
"I think I really started to get my name out there when we played in Atlanta, Kentucky and Indianapolis," said the 6-foot-7, 190-pound Polley, who projects as a college wing. "A lot of coaches got to know my game and started contacting me. I was more aggressive, I shot the ball better, I started to create more, and I got my teammates involved more. I still have to work on rebounding, getting stronger and defense, but I think overall I did good."
Polley, who said he averaged around 16 points and six rebounds during April, is set to compete at the Peach Jam this July.
"I want to get even more looks at the Peach Jam, but I've already got a lot of people interested in me," Polley said. "UAB, they offered me on the spot at the first evaluation period, and USC, they offered like a couple weeks ago, and that was big. Then I got a lot of calls from places like Maryland, Wake Forest, UCLA, Miami, Providence, Florida and Texas."
The Florida wing said Maryland assistant Cliff Warren has been in touch, and even visited his school once last year.
"We just started building a relationship, so we'll see where it goes from here," Polley said. "He said he was watching me, and so is the head coach. He said they're interested, and just asked me how I thought I was doing and what I thought I needed to work on. It's just learning about each other right now."
Polley has never been to College Park, Md., before, but he is familiar with the school and the area. His father, former NFL linebacker Tommy Polley, who had a stint with the Baltimore Ravens, was a coach at a couple different Baltimore-area high schools (Poly and Aberdeen). He attended Dunbar High (Baltimore, Md.) and was a Baltimore City resident.
Meanwhile, Tyler Polley said his aunt actually attended the University of Maryland at one point. On top of that, his head coach at Sagemont, Adam Ross, is a UMD alum.
"The main one who has told me about Maryland is my coach. He actually played baseball there," Polley said. "He said it's a great school, a great place to be and he loved his time there. I know he's been talking to Coach Warren and telling him about me. So I know a little bit about Maryland through him."
Polley said he'd like to visit UMD at some point, though he's unsure it will be anytime soon. Apparently his father may be moving to St. Louis to take another coaching job, which would preclude his son from visiting him in Baltimore.
"Hopefully I'll be able to visit. I'll definitely get up [to Maryland] if they offer, since it's a great program and they're doing a lot of really nice things there," Polley said. "But right now I see no way I can get there (laughs)."
The Sagemont product said he'll be trekking over to Florida for a camp and unofficial visit this month. Beyond that, he doesn't have any other scheduled trips.
Polley said he has no real standouts or offers he's hoping for, although he did acknowledge that "everyone would love to hear from North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky."
Before he begins accruing offers in earnest, however, he has to show out at the upcoming Peach Jam.
"I just have to keep getting better and proving I can compete at the highest levels," said Polley, who said he still might grow another inch or two. "Hopefully we can go far in the tournament and get a lot of eyes on us."
Super Soph Polley Has Ties To Maryland
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