Tyus Considering Four

One of the candidates to receive an open Ohio State basketball scholarship spot is Alex Tyus of Harmony Prep in Cincinnati. Among the colleges the Buckeyes are battling for Tyus's signature are the national champion Florida Gators. Kyle Lamb has more on this prospect.

Alex Tyus went to Ohio last fall to enroll at Harmony Prep in Cincinnati. But before he leaves after his upcoming senior year, Thad Matta is hoping to keep him within the state boundaries.

The 6-8, 200-pounder is hoping to wrap up his recruitment in the very near future. And Ohio State is one of four schools Tyus mentioned he's looking at.

"Right now it's really just Ohio State, Florida, Illinois and Memphis," he told Bucknuts.com on Wednesday afternoon.

As one of the top players in the country, No. 35 to be exact, according to ScoutHoops.com, Tyus has been coveted by some of the nation's top programs.

That mutual interest has spanned to the campuses of several programs in the last year. Tyus has an impressive list of schools that he's managed to visit.

"I've visited Kansas, Indiana, Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois and Miami (Fla.)," Tyus added. "I think that's it so far."

There's more on the way.

Tyus said that next week he plans to visit the defending National Champion Florida Gators for the first time.

Then he will take probably one more visit the week after that.

"I'm going to go back to Ohio State with my family," Tyus explained. "We want to see Ohio State again."

Tyus visited Ohio State for the first time back in the second week of May.

"It was a real good visit, I did get a good feel while I was there," he said of his trip to Columbus. "The coaches showed me around campus. They showed me where the facilities are, where the gym is, the practice facilities, all the academics, the study halls, where we eat, where the players stay – pretty much everything."

It's conceivable that Tyus could make a decision shortly after his trips to Gainesville and Columbus.

Already Tyus and his family have began to narrow their list of schools and have mostly stopped talking to coaches still attempting to get involved. In fact, Tyus doesn't expect his recruitment to last much longer.

"Possibly by the end of June after I make these visits," he explained.

Wherever Tyus goes, it's going to be somewhere he can play the wing. Tyus said he knows his calling card to a possible NBA future rests playing the three at the collegiate level.

So teams like Ohio State and Florida are involved because they're willing to play him there.

"It's a pretty big deal because I know to get to the next level after college, that's where I'll be playing," Tyus said. "I do want to go somewhere that I can play on the wing."

Considered a strong, explosive athlete, Tyus would bring toughness, rebounding, quickness and athleticism to the wing of any team that landed him. Although his skills will continue to be honed, he's the type of player that the Buckeyes or Gators would love to land.

Playing on the D-1 Greyhounds for the past year has also given Tyus a taste of playing with the best. He's taken great comfort in playing alongside O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker.

"It's nice, it's really easy, actually," he said of playing with Mayo and Walker. "They make it so easy on you and it's been a lot of fun."

For the remainder of the summer, when he's not at tournaments, camps or on visits, Tyus will be with his family back in St. Louis. He plans to attend the Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey next month and join D-1 again for tournaments in July.

Until that time, Tyus will likely attempt to come up with a final decision. He will have plenty of options – including staying in the state's boundaries.

Other coaches are hoping to have something to say about that.


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