Tarver Improving Game At American Christian

Reporter Brian Towey has a story on Andre Tarver, who is prepping at American Christian in Pennsylvania ...

After a tumultous stretch going back to last spring, Andre Tarver has found some stability. The former Wings Academy standout had committed to Manhattan early in his junior year, but after Bobby Gonzalez left for Seton Hall, was left in limbo. Iona quickly moved in to take a commitment from Tarver, but in an unfortunate twist, he missed qualifying for Division I play by only 10 SAT points.

After this dizzying turn of events, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard/combo guard followed Tony Bergeron, his former coach at Wings, to American Christian School in Aston, Pa., for a post-graduate year. As it is for many players, going from high school to prep school has been an adjustment, as he has adopted a new role on a talent-laden team.

"Last year I was a scorer, one of the main guys," said Tarver, who averaged 20.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior at Wings. "My role here is to be the energizer, the defender. I think I'm going to try to re-transfer my game, with a little more scoring, as well as defense."

"He's doing great," said Bergeron. "His defense has been good. Here, he's played more of a defensive role. He's averaging around nine points and three or four steals."

Tarver received some uplifting news recently in the form of a qualifying SAT score on the December test. He is all set to attend Iona next fall, and is looking to get his hands dirty and help out his future teammates.

"The fact that they haven't won yet took a little bit out of it," said Tarver of Iona's 0-16 start. "But it's a good situation because when I get there there will only be one way to go, and that's up."

Tarver is a guy who has shown off a well-rounded game in the past, and the ability to rebound his position well. That versatility was one of the things that drew Iona to him.

"I bring a couple of different things to the table," said Tarver. "I can shoot, play defense on three positions. They're looking to use me all around- rebounding, passing, doing a little bit of everything."

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