Juco Forward Getting Notice

Allegany College of Maryland has put a number of players into Division I schools, and as they advance through their tournament season, the Trojans are featuring a tall forward who may well add his name to those ranks.

Sophomore Tyronne Beale, a 6-9, 210-pound forward, averaged 22.0 points and 10.3 rebounds for ACM during the regular season, and helped the Trojans to a 20-6 record. He shot 62.3% from the field and 80.2% from the free throw line for ACM.

"Tyronne is a good athlete that runs the floor really well," said his coach, Mike Baker. "He is a good shooter for a 6-9 player, and he can shoot from 17 feet in."

Beale's main limitation at this point is his slender frame, which could stand some additional weight. Baker notes that he has gotten stronger during his time at ACM, but that exposure to a Division 1 level strength and nutrition program could help him gain the weight he likely would need to be an interior force in college, especially if he hopes to be a power forward.

"I think he is probably better suited to the four in college," Baker said, refereeing to the traditional power forward slot. "He could possibly be a three, but I think the four is a better fit."

Defensively, Beale has benefited from playing against somewhat shorter opposition, which has allowed him to rack up numerous blocked shots. The Trojans feature a pair of 6-9 players, which allowed Beale to guard shorter players in several games. However, Baker also believes that experience has shown that Beale has the ability to defend on the perimeter as well.

Beale, originally from Archbishop Carroll High School in Silver Spring, Md., has drawn interest from several Atlantic 10 schools, as well as Penn State. He may also now be getting interest from bigger conferences, including the SEC and the Big East.

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