2008 Intro: PF Ty Modupe

Ty Modupe was named to the All-Star team at the Adidas Rising Superstar Camp in Indianapolis, Ind. over the weekend. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound rising junior is a very athletic forward and runs the court well. Modupe is excited for the Main Event in Las Vegas later this month as a member of KC Pump 'N Run.

Ty Modupe was "dominant at times" on the first day in Indianapolis according to a report on Phog.net.

"Playing against top competition was real good," said Modupe, who posted a 26-point game at the camp.

"I feel I gave it 110 percent and I just got the best of some people," Modupe said. "I played smart, played defense, and played hard. I gave it my best, which is what I always want to do when I'm on the court."

Modupe, who will be a junior at Highland Park High School (Topeka, Kan.), got the crowd excited when he dunked on a 6-foot-8 hopeless defender.

"After this camp my confidence level is defneitely up," Modupe said. "This camp really helped me out."

He is known for his athletcism, rebounding, defense, blocking shots, and can score in the paint.

Right now he lists Kansas, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Wichita State, SE Missouri State, Illinois State, Northern Illinois, and Northern Iowa as the schools who have showed the most interest in him thus far.

"The two that have showed the most interest is a tie between Missouri State and Northern Illinois," Modupe said. "They send more information on the school that the others."

Modupe, who is interested in the sports medicine field, lists his factors in deciding a college.

"I want a school that is good academically and has a pretty good team, but that doesn't matter as much because I want to get a good eduction," he said. "Location is also a factor as to how far I'll be from home."

Missouri State will have Modupe's Pump 'N Run 16U coach on its staff this fall. Steve Woodberry, a former player at Kansas, will make the move to the college coaching ranks.

Missouri State has already offered Modupe's high school teammates and Pump 'N Run 17U members--Lamont Austin and Kyle Weems.

"Lamont and Kyle gave me confidence when I came in as a freshman," Modupe said. "They both helped me learn the coaching philosophies. Kyle has really taken me under his wings and is a real inspiration. Lamont does a good job of telling me where I need to be on the court and being a leader."

Last year Highland Park finished 21-4 and second in the Kansas class 5A state tournament.

This year Modupe, who will be a starter after being the team's sixth man last year, has two goals he would like to reach in the upcoming season.

"Personally, I want to be an all-state and play hard every game," he said. "For the team, I want to win state. As a team we always have high expectations. Everyone expects us to win state."

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