Breein Tyree did not take the road that many of the top hoop prospects travel on while growing up. He was the starting QB for St. Joseph as a sophomore. His success on the gridiron caught the attention of several of the East Coast's top football programs. Including Michigan State, Michigan, Miami, NC State and Syracuse. Football and basketball are the not the only sports Breein has excelled in during his high school career. He was offered to move to Europe to play soccer and develop under one of the biggest English programs in their Premier League. The 6-foot-2 athlete spent time overseas playing soccer in the youth World Cup at the age of 13. But it might have been lacrosse that had his attention the most growing up. He was named the Conference Player of the Year as a freshman in lacrosse. A punctured lung made him rethink the multi-sport lifestyle. Basketball became his focus after his junior year.
Last year, Breein averaged 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.3 steals. Good stats but much more impressive when you understand that Breein was the only option his St. Joseph team had which resulted in constant double and triple teams. Defenses from opposing teams were designed to stop him, and Breein is known as the defensive stopper for his own team. Tyree's sophomore season he had an all star cast of players with him on the floor. His teammates were Karl Anthony Towns -- Kentucky star and the first choice in last year's NBA Draft. Wade Baldwin -- signed with Vanderbilt and was voted one of the five best freshmen in the SEC last year. He averaged 9.1 ppg., 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game at Vandy as a true freshman. Incidentally, Tyree's averages as a junior at St. Joseph were better than Baldwin's averages as a senior at the same school. Breein also had two other teammates that signed Division 1 basketball scholarships in Marques Townes and Raven Owen. Simply put, his team was loaded his sophomore year. This year, he is going to get a little help from two other stars joining his team. Tyus Battle, projected a first round choice in this coming NBA Draft, has transferred to St. Joseph and will be his running mate in the back court.
Sports runs in Tyree's household. Breein's brother, Jevon, was a starting cornerback
at Rutgers and his second cousin, David Tyree, was the gentleman that caught
that miracle pass off his helmet from Eli for the New York Giants in Eli's first
Super Bowl which is credited with winning that game.
Breein took in official visits to UMASS and Kansas State before his trip to Oxford this past weekend.
Yancy Porter is the recruiitng analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org