Steven Toyloy Gets Minnesota Interest

Steven Toyloy, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound sophomore center from Miami-Dade (FL) CC, has received plenty of interest from Minnesota. Toyloy led the NJCAA in rebounding last season with 13.0 rebounds per game as a freshman. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Miami-Dade head coach Matt Eisele to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Steven Toyloy attended West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Lakes High, where he averaged 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as they finished as regional champs. Toyloy was named second team Palm Beach Post as a senior.

Toyloy was named All-Southern Conference first Team as a freshman as he averaged 9.8 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. He shot 67.7% from the field and 60.6% from the line.

Miami-Dade head coach Matt Eisele told GoldenSports.Net Toyloy has a top four list that includes Minnesota.

"He is playing well. He is going to sign late. The four frontrunners for him are Clemson, Minnesota, West Virginia and Baylor," Eisele said. "UConn is hovering over him, but they have not offered. He was going to visit West Virginia early, but he decided not too. He is going to sign late for sure."

Eisele said that Toyloy, a non-qualifer out of high school, has done a good job on his academics at Miami-Dade.

"He is going to have only three classes after this. He is going to graduate early probably. He will probably enroll in the summer. That is the plan," Eisele said.

Eisle said that Toyloy's strength is on the glass.

"If he is not the best rebounder in the country, he is one of the best rebounders," Eisele said. "He just does so many small things that makes everybody better on the defensive side of the ball. He is a fierce offensive rebounder .He is very explosive. He is up to about 255. His skill development is really starting to come through . He can knock down the 10 to 12 foot shot. He is never going to be a guy who you throw the ball down to and is going to score 20 or 25 regardless of what level he goes to. He is one of the best post defenders I ever coached. He is very, very good defensively."

Eisele said that Toyloy is working hard on his all-around game.

"He needs to continue to improve his footwork. His free throw shooting needs to get a little better and his overall skill development," Eisele said. "He has made great strides since high school and he is getting better day by day. He plays extremely hard and he has got a little bit of a mean streak in his game, which is always helpful with big kids."

Eisele said that Toyloy is also a good shotblocker.

"He is not like an (former Connecticut shotblocker) Emeka Okafor, but if you come near him, he is going to block the shot," he said. "Overall, he is a very, very good defensive player in all aspects."

Eisle said that Toyloy does not have a favorite school yet.

"I think that it is too early with him, because he is getting hit from everybody. Everybody is calling. Everybody is coming down to see him. He is getting hit from everywhere. Washington State called me in the last two days," Eisele said.


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