When the day finally came that college coaching staffs could reach out and call juniors to be this summer, one of UTSA's first calls was to Tamir Bynum, a 6'1" 165lb point guard from Houston Lamar High School.
Since then, Bynum has had a very impressive summer AAU circuit, running with Texas Elite Basketball on the Adidas Gauntlet. His play as a facilitating point guard is a big reason for the success of Texas Elite. His team made it to the semifinal bracket of the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas, only to finish runner up to Urban DFW.
Tamir was quick to say that the relationship that he's formed with the UTSA's coaching staff and their reputations were a big part in his committing to the 'Runners on Tuesday.
"They've been talking to me since you can talk to 2018 kids," said Bynum. "It was Coach Peck who called me first, I talked to him and then he handed the phone to Coach Henson. Coach Peck told me he liked the way I play, that I play hard, and he liked my motor. It's the same thing that Coach Henson said."
Over the last week, the UTSA staff was at every one of Bynum's game in Las Vegas and came away very impressed. Some of the things that stood out about Bynum's game was: his style of play, the ability to shoot the ball and do it well, but most importantly, as a point guard the ability to make my teammates better.
An interesting aspect of Bynum's commitment is that UTSA just offered him Tuesday morning.
"They offered me today, we just got back from Vegas, I'm still on Vegas time. I think they tried to call me, but I was asleep, so then they called my dad and he came into my room, woke me up, and told me that they were offering," said Bynum.
What is commonplace in today's recruiting world, is that most programs extend offers for the sake of offering. Seeing that Coach Henson did the opposite of that attracted Bynum to UTSA even more.
"Coach Peck told us that Coach Henson just doesn't offer to offer. When Coach Henson offers, he offers when there is a great relationship and is looking for a commitment, it's genuine, and I really like that," said Bynum.
Once the offer was in hand, Tamir admitted he knew that he wanted to be a Roadrunner.
"I already knew where I was gonna go. I went to the UTSA camp, and I knew that they had a lot of interest because of the 200 kids, myself and Shawn Cornelius were the only ones they took for a tour," said Bynum. "I know because of their experience they've coached a lot of pro's and I'm trying to get to the next level."
The reaction from the UTSA staff, upon learning of his commitment, also made him smile.
"It was funny, I told Coach Henson I was committing and he said he was going to do a back flip in the gym."
Bynum chose the 'Runners over an offer from New Orleans, along with interest coming from UTRGV, Mount St. Mary's, Texas A&M, and Rice.
Even more reassuring for Roadrunner Nation, Tamir looks to be a very solid commit to Head Coach Steve Henson, although he's yet to log a minute in his junior campaign.
"I am definitely done, 100% committed to UTSA, as long as Coach Henson and Peck are there," said Bynum.
He is the first commit to UTSA basketball for the 2018 class, and will only be entering his junior year at Houston Lamar.
The last time UTSA basketball had a commit from beyond the current recruiting cycle was back to Kendric Robinson ('09 commit) who also pledged to the program in the summer leading up to his junior year. His commitment at the time, along with former 3 Star Juco prospect Stephen Franklin, really had fans buzzing about the incoming talent. Unfortunately, Robinson never set foot on campus due to academic reasons.