2015 Intro: Tyler Lydon

This fall, 2015 forward Tyler Lydon is making quite a name for himself on the recruiting trail. After a spring on the EYBL and also a strong summer on the grassroots circuit, Lydon has seen his recruiting stock dramatically increase during the fall evaluation period.

A native of Pine Plaines, New York -- a small town with less than 2,000 in population an hour north of Poughkeepsie -- the 6-9, 190-pound Lydon led Pine Plaines High School to the New York Division 3 state championship game last season while averaging 15.4 points and 11.3 rebounds.

Lydon reclassified and took his game to New Hampton this summer, where he's working with coach Pete Hutchins to refine his skills.

So far, the move has paid off nicely for Lydon as he says his scholarship offer list now includes Boston College Creighton, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Virginia.

North Carolina has also shown interest in Lydon along with Duke, Kansas and Michigan.

UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis has been in touch with Lydon after seeing the forward play this summer with the New England Playaz.

"I've been talking to Coach Hubert Davis and he's just been saying how he's been trying to get up here and wants to see me play and how he watched me a little bit over summer," Lydon said. "He was just saying how he really liked my game. We've been talking a lot. He usually texts me quite a bit. We just talk about everything, really. Just trying to get to know each other."

Although Carolina has yet to offer Lydon, he is already a fan of the program growing up and knows them well.

"I mean I really like them," Lydon said of Carolina. "Growing up I was a big Tar Heels fan. I like their program a lot. Obviously they're one of the most well-known Division I programs. (Davis) just tells me how he really thinks I can fit in the program with the way they play and everything."

The forward played in the EYBL in the spring with the Albany City Rocks. In 18 EYBL games, Lydon averaged 5.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 39 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.

But since July, with great showings during New Hampton open gyms the last month, Lydon's recruiting stock has skyrocketed.

"I feel like I'm doing okay, there's always room for improvement," Lydon said. "I'm just trying to get better each time I'm out there. But I love it here, it's awesome. I think I'm doing alright.

"It's definitely different than a public school and everything, but I love it. It's nice to be around people that have the same goals and mindset of you and everyone here just wants to get better at what they do and just excel. It definitely is really motivating and it pushes you to do better. The gym is always open so you can go and get shots up. Guys are always in there in the morning and they'll stay out after practice and after open gyms."

Lydon believes he can contribute on the interior and also stretch the defense with some shooting at the next level.

"I would say shooting and playing hard (is what I do best)," Lydon said. "I like to play hard and rebound and block shots and defend and do everything."

It's also still rather early in the recruiting process for Lydon and he thinks his decision will come next year after he makes an initial list.

"I've been thinking about it. I'm going to start cutting down a list here soon. Maybe in the spring I'll be doing some of that. Right now I'm just trying to focus on the school year and school ball."

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