The decision came down to Evansville and Miami. Ultimately, Tadlock chose the RedHawks because of the faith he has in the coaches:
"I am very excited for the next few years and I am ready to play for Coach Coles. Miami and Evansville are both great places and have great coaches. I just really clicked with the coaches at Miami. I can really just see myself playing there. The campus is beautiful and I really liked how the coaches interacted with the players."
Tadlock said he has a "strong relationship" with Miami assistant Jimmy Lallathin and called him to commit while the RedHawks were in Nashville, Tennessee following a game with Belmont. "Coach Lallathin was very excited," said Tadlock. "And then he gave the phone to Coach Coles who was also excited."
The North Carolina standout also wanted the opportunity to face the best competition possible. Every year Miami plays one of the twenty most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation. This season, of the current seven remaining unbeaten teams, Miami has played or is scheduled to play five of them (#1 Duke, #2 Ohio State, #3 Kansas, #7 San Diego State, and Cincinnati) plus Belmont (Atlantic Sun Preseason favorites) and the always tough local rivals Xavier, Dayton, and Wright State. Miami's strength of schedule (SOS) per the current RPI is #11 in the nation out of 345 teams. The current SOS may move to #1 as it does not reflect the game at 10-3 Belmont game or the following game at Kansas on Sunday, January 2nd.
Tadlock said a few months ago that "Miami has a strong basketball tradition and has the potential to be a good tournament contender the next few years. They also play great teams so I will have a great opportunity to upset these teams."
Tadlock is not afraid of excellent competition because he plays tougher competition than the usual high school varsity star. He is the only high school student on Charis Prep's roster (all his teammates are high school graduates) and Charis plays only other prep schools and junior colleges.
So far this season, Tadlock is averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds vs. the older, tougher competition. He said when he played high school ball near Denver, Colorado, his numbers were much higher. Charis is 16-4 on the year and has over 20 games left on the schedule.
Tadlock believes the numbers will only go up as the season goes by and his "game has really continued to grow."
Tadlock is a versatile PF/C. "I can play face up going out 15 to 18 feet for a shot," he said. "I am also a decent rebounder." Tadlock likens himself a similar style of play of Gordon Hayward. He has been working to improve his ball handling and increase his overall weight.
On his official visit a few weeks ago to watch Miami's victory over Xavier, the Miami staff explained the RedHawks vision for the future:
"They want to be in a spot where they are winning MAC championships and be at the level of when Wally Szczerbiak played. They felt if I chose Miami that I could get them to the top of the conference."
During the Xavier game, Tadlock liked the play of current Miami star post Julian Mavunga. Like Tadlock, Mavunga is a post who can step outside. "He was very good, very impressive," said Tadlock. "He was good on the perimeter and in the low post." He added that he looks forward as a frosh next year to learning under Mavunga.
He liked just about everything involved with Miami basketball, "Great team and great fan support. The campus is beautiful."
Finally, Tadlock said he is "excited to get on campus this summer and get to know the players."
Other schools besides Miami and Evansville that were recruiting Tadlock included Princeton, East Carolina, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Liberty, Oral Roberts, Drexel, and Winthrop.
Like most Miami recruiting targets, Tadlock is a strong student. He boasts a 3.9 grade point average and wants to major in graphic design.
Tadlock joins 6'0" point guard Brian Sullivan of Upper Arlington High School near Columbus, Ohio in the Miami 2011 class. Sullivan was Miami's only fall signee.
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