Bronx Power Forward Competing In Ohio

Reporter Brian Towey profiles the recruiting status of Tim Zephyr ...

It'd be fair to call Tim Zephyr a late bloomer. A 6-foot-8 power forward from the Bronx, New York, Zephyr was marginally a Division I prospect coming out of Christopher Columbus High School in 2005. Now in his second year at Cincinnati's Harmony Prep, things have begun to crystallize.

"It's the biggest increase (in improvement) I've ever seen in a kid over the past year and a half," said Harmony coach Mark Metzka. "He's really figured out what it's like to play hard. I don't think he really knew what it was to play hard."

A good athlete housed in a lengthy frame, Zephyr ran with the New York Ravens and the Westchester Hawks on the AAU circuit. As he's continued to learn the game, his skills have crept forward.

"He's got great touch," said Metzka. "His 15-16 foot jumpshot is great. His decision-making is better. Everything with him has improved with repetitions and experience. We're really happy with where he is."

Zephyr's been playing catch-up in terms of exposure, said Metzka, with a couple of schools catching on this fall. Subsequently, he'll probably wait until the spring to make a decision. "Central Connecticut brought him up (for an official visit)," said Metzka. "They offered. They wanted him to sign early, but I think that he's going to wait until spring. He didn't come in with a whole lot (of interest) through AAU. Schools like Morehead State, Middle Tennessee State, and Eastern Illinois are interested in him, and schools wanted to bring him in for visits this fall, but we couldn't fit all of them in."

Metzka is confident that Zephyr will predict academically, and said that he has recognized the opportunity he has on his hands.

"He's a pretty mature kid," said Metzka. "He realizes the opportunity he has now. Once his knowledge catches up ... His upside is tremendous."


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