Monmounth Gets Commitment

Monmouth University picked up their second commitment for the class of 2005.

It was this past July when Tyrone Hanson, the 6-foot-6, 175 pound small forward from St. Mary's High School in Manhasset shed virtual anonymity and college coaches began giving him a hard look. However, one program, who has recruited a couple of players from Hanson's high school program the past few years, had been on him early. And their persistence paid off.

Monmouth received a verbal commitment from Hanson this summer, and the Brooklyn native will join former St. Mary's teammates Dwayne Byfield and John Ager in the NEC program. Byfield has been one the team's top guns the past two seasons, and Ager is a dead-eye shooter who is a freshman this fall. "Monmouth had been recruiting me since the 10th grade," said Hanson. "A former teammate of mine from last year, John Ager, went there, and I really like the head coach, Dave Calloway. We have a good relationship."

Tyrone's summer stint with the New York City Jaguars and on the camp circuit garnered him attention from a wide variety of college programs. Hanson said that he copped scholarship offers from Baylor, Providence, UMass, and Tulane.

Hanson's versatility made him an attractive prospect. He can knock down the three, slash to the cup, and he sees the floor well. Hanson has to add some weight and strength for college play, but the wiry wing player should have a chance to be an impact player down the line for Monmouth. He was a player that had flown under the radar a bit despite being at St. Mary's, one of the top high school programs in the New York area.

Tyrone scored 15 points, including four three-pointers, in St. Mary's 89-78 loss to Mount Vernon at the IS8 League on Saturday.

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