Tyler Ott will be one of the top players in the state of Utah for 2012. Coming from southern Utah, Ott hasn't received as much attention as some of the northern Utah kids, but his game is attracting the attention of college recruiters.
As a freshman at Desert Hills High School (St. George, UT), Ott was in the rotation. As a sophomore, Ott started and played a key role.
"I was in a good situation. There was a brand new school coming in, and they needed some players, so as a freshman, I got to step in and play a big role. I was fortunate because not a lot of freshman in southern Utah get to play a big role I was able to start my sophomore year and play a big role."
At 6'5, Ott has good size to play a wing position at the next level. Ott is known as a well rounded player, with above average shooting ability and athleticism. Ott can high jump 6'6.
"I feel that I'm really good in the open court; getting out in transition, getting run-offs, getting transition buckets. Also, I feel that I'm a pretty good shooter. I shoot the ball pretty well. I use my athleticism well to get to the rim. I've really tried to work on my all around game, so I feel like I'm a good all around player. Right now, I think my shooting and my athleticism are the best parts of my game."
While Ott may be less recognized than some players from Northern Utah, colleges are certainly aware of the 6'5 wing, and he has received interest from a number of schools.
"I've been talking to almost all of the in-state schools (Utah, Utah State, BYU, Weber State, Southern Utah and Dixie). I've been talking a lot to UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Arizona State, Washington State, and Colorado. I've talked to a lot of good schools."
Ott has officially received offers from Utah State, Weber State, UTEP, SUU and Dixie.
Despite a whole new staff at the University of Utah, Ott has been able to develop a strong relationship with the new staff. Tommy Connor and Larry Krystkowiak have been Ott's primary recruiters.
"All of the assistants have seen me play and really liked me, but they told me that Coach Krystowiak had to come and watch me play before they could make an offer. He was able to come late this summer, so we'll have to see what comes of it."
"I hope to make a decision by the early signing period, so I can enjoy my senior year."
In preparation for his decision, Ott has already taken unofficial visits to UC Santa Barbara, Utah State, Weber State, Utah, BYU and Dixie.
Ott's visit to the University of Utah has seemingly left a lasting impression on the 2012 wing.
"I was very, very impressed when I was up there (at Utah). They were just a great group of guys. I have nothing but good to say about them when we left. Coach Krystkowiak is just a great guy. I can see him doing really well, and even next year. From what I saw they do things the right way. They were just a great group of guys, and they will win a lot of games."
When asked what Ott's reaction would be to a Utah offer, the talented wing couldn't hide his optimism.
"If they offered, it would be a great option. They'd be right there at the top of my list. I think it would be just a really really good option, and a really great place to play.
Ott is very young for his class, and plans to play a season of college basketball before leaving on an LDS mission.
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