Honeycutt Breaks Down Final Four

Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA's big wing target for the 2009 class, who recently was ranked the 21st best player in the nation for 2009 by Scout.com, talks in-depth about the four college programs he's still considering...

This time last year, Tyler Honeycutt, of Sylmar (Calif.) Senior, wasn't a household name. Now, he's among the nation's top prospects and has scholarship offers from a number of the top schools in the country.

After a junior season, where he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds, Honeycutt started picking up collegiate interest. Then he hit the road with the Pump N' Run Elite AAU program in the spring and his stock soared.

"I thought it went pretty good," Honeycutt said of the spring and summer. "I haven't played against that much talent since I started playing AAU. We played in some good tournaments. I finally got some exposure."

Exposure is certainly something that Honeycutt received. The long, lean, wing prospect drew attention because of an impressive skill set, a unique upside and his ability to shoot.

After sifting through a number of scholarship offers, Honeycutt has settled on a final four of USC, UCLA, Texas and Memphis.

Tim Floyd and his staff have spent a considerable amount of time recruiting Honeycutt and they have a connection with one of his high school assistant coaches, Shawn Bankhead, who played for Floyd at Iowa State.

"With SC, my coach has told me a lot of things about them and I like how they get it and go," Honeycutt said. "They don't have much of a set offense, they get it and push it."

The other local school, UCLA, offered Honeycutt in between the evaluation periods in July. Honeycutt has made multiple unofficial visits to UCLA and has built a strong relationship with their coaching staff.

"UCLA, I like their tradition and I talk to their coaches a lot," the five-star prospect said. "I like how they play and I think I can fit in because I can shoot and I'm a good shooter."

The Longhorns have pushed their style of play on Honeycutt and he cited that as one of the reasons he's considering them.

"I like how [Texas] plays and I've been talking to one of the coaches a lot," he said. "He actually called me the other day. I like how they play, they play like SC they push the ball and have a lot of athletic guys."

Memphis, who is the most recent school to get in the picture, has recently turned up the heat on Honeycutt, and are in the process of setting up a visit with the talented wing.

"They are a run-and-gun team and they just offered me a couple of weeks ago," Honeycutt said. "I just got off the phone with Josh Pastner, we were talking about me taking an official visit down there sometime soon."

Honeycutt said he wants to take official visits to all four of the schools on his list. At this point he's only set up a trip to Southern Cal for the weekend of September 13th. The other visit dates have not been finalized. He also mentioned the possibility of taking a fifth visit if needed.

"I think I might wait [to make a decision] until after the season starts so I can watch a lot of the teams and watch how they play," Honeycutt said. "A coach can tell you how they play and how they play offense and defense, but you really know how they play once you watch them."

Honeycutt made a big jump in Scout.com's post-summer rankings. He now sits at No. 21 overall and No. 4 on the small forward list.

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