Tyrell Biggs was one of the driving forces in the Metro Hawks run to the Main Event final four this past weekend. The 6-foot-7 260 pounder from Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, New Jersey, was consistently solid for the Hawks throughout their playoff run, hitting some big baskets and muscling inside for points.
Perhaps Biggs' most noteworthy performance was a 24-point outburst against
Portland, Oregon, based Friends of Jefferson- 16 of which were scored in the
second half- in an early playoff match-up. Tyrell shot the ball well down the
stretch in that game, knocking down an elbow jumper and connecting from 16 feet,
while at times also using his strength to score in close. Biggs consistently
made his free throws during the playoffs, as well.
Rutgers head coach Gary Waters was a mainstay at Biggs' games in the Main Event playoffs, attending at least three of his playoff games, including the Metro Hawks' 58-54 loss to Seattle Friends of Hoop in the semifinals.
Tyrell consistently knocked down the mid-range jumper, and looked comfortable in doing so. He used his strength and brawn to carve out space underneath and put up points in close. Biggs hasn't always been able to use his quick feet and strong footwork to his advantage this summer, frequently facing double teams and at times taller opponents. He's spent a fair amount of time away from the hoop, and in Las Vegas showed that he could hit from the foul-line area on in with some consistency. Tyrell used his strength to his advantage at the Main Event, seeing that few opponents can match him in that department. His reactions to double-teams have improved somewhat over the course of the summer, and he's been less apt to force the issue and instead kick it out to teammates who are freed up by the attention he commands.
One player who could match Biggs' strength was Friends of Hoop's Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-7 245 pounder who is being heavily pursued by Duke, Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina and others. The semifinals pitted Biggs against Brockman in a match-up of low post heavyweights.
The match-up proved to be something of a draw, but was limited by the fact that Brockman picked up two early fouls and sat for a good portion of the first half. Biggs didn't have an overwhelming game offensively, scoring eight points, but showed flashes, like a step-back 17-footer and some powerful drives to the hoop. Brockman was a bit more athletic, and used that to his advantage at times, but ultimately he wasn't the huge factor he had been in previous games, scoring nine points.
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