2016 Combo Guard Tyrell Gumbs-Frater Lands NC State Offer, Sets Visit

NC State is making a push to land SPIRE Institute (OH) combo guard Tyrell Gumbs-Frater.

SPIRE Institute (OH) head coach John Kopcso raves about his star guard, Tyrell Gumbs-Frater.

"He played really well for us," said Kopcso.  "He can score anytime he wants.  He's a really good shooter and can create his own shot. 

"I believe the sky is the limit for him because of his skillset.  He's naturally gifted to score the ball and athletic.  I feel Tyrell is going to be a really good college player."

With that being said, he certainly has room for improvement.

"He's a younger guy for his class so he has to continue to grow into his body," Gumbs-Frater's head coach stated.  "He's a hard worker and will put the work in on the next level in the weight room... that's what he'll need to do."

A 6-foot-3 lefty, Gumbs-Frater is being recruited as a combo guard on the next level.

"He's definitely a combo," said Kopcso.  "He mainly played two guard for us because of how well he can score it, but he handled it for us when we need him to.  He's at his best catching it on the wing and making things happen."

Gumbs-Frater, who is originally from Canada, landed at SPIRE Institute so he could improve his academics.  He recently was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, and that has led to his recruitment picking up.

"He was a late qualifier and that's a reason he didn't have a lot of stuff going on," said Kopcso.  "He's had interest from all over the board all year, but now it's becoming even more serious because he has improved academically.  Early on it started with Kansas State, TCU, Toledo, and then others like Canisius, Santa Clara, Eastern Kentucky, UNLV, and NC State have become involved."

Gumbs-Frater, who has yet to take any official visits, recently started hearing from NC State.  Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried has extended a scholarship offer, and Gumbs-Frater is slated to take an official visit to NC State.

"The plan for him is to go to NC State next week," said Kopcso.   "Tyrell's goal has been to play at the highest level as possible, and he's spoken with [coach Gottfried] at NC State.  Tyrell did really well this year, and I believe the interest is due to how well he has done."

What will Gumbs-Frater be looking for while in Raleigh?

"I think he wants to see an environment conducive to winning," Kopcso said.  "From a player's perspective everyone wants to play right away, but I don't believe that is at the forefront of his thinking.  He wants to get better as a player."

According to Kopsco, if everything goes well it could be Gumbs-Frater's lone official visit.

"He's the kind of person, if everything makes sense there's no reason to visit anywhere else or shop around," said Kopsco. "I think if it's a great visit and there's a mutual attraction, I imagine it would be a great situation for him to join.  There probably wouldn't be any reason to take other visits and extend the recruitment because it is fairly late in the process, and he could likely get started with determining enrollment and summer school plans."

Gumbs-Frater attended St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) as a junior where he played alongside 2017 standout guard prospect Trevon Duval.


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