Intrigue surrounds Poyser's recruitment

Among those seeking high-major scholarship offers at the Lawson/Oladipo camp, Poyser carved out a strong impression.

I didn't know what to expect from Poyser in Maryland, because prior to that point I'd yet to watch him and take away a firm opinion. But at camp, he displayed a potent and balanced offensive game that grabbed my attention immediately.

Poyser possesses above-average quickness, but his first step isn't his most noteworthy physical attribute. Some players have burst but can play only in a straight line, and Poyser doesn't suffer from that limitation. He can change direction on a dime and is able to weave through traffic to get up shots in the paint while remaining under control. He also can step out and bury a long jump shot.

For that reason, then, he's more effective than he might look to the casual observer who might first notice those with the most explosive speed and bounce. A native of Toronto, he has played an understudy role for large chunks of his career but realizes now is the time to step forward on his own.

"I just want to show that I can shoot the ball, play defense and just do what it takes to help my team win," Poyser said. "Now, I'm trying to work on my pull-up jump shot."

Poyser said he holds interest from Syracuse, Michigan, George Mason, Idaho, Quinnipiac and Boston College, and that the Vandals have offered a scholarship.

He added that he holds a 3.2 GPA and that he wants an opportunity to shine at the next level.

"I'd love to be able to play right off the bat," he said. "I want to play for a coach who will let me do my thing and hopefully get big minutes as a freshman."

Poyser certainly warrants more offers and likely will attract them before his recruitment reaches its conclusion.

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