Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tyler Commits to Cards

According to, San Diego PF/C Jeremy Tyler has given the Cardinals a commitment after visiting recently. He would join Josh Langford as the second member of the 2010 class. Tyler is currently the 15th ranked player overall in his class by Scout and the #3 center. Rivals has him ranked as the 4th best PF and 9th best overall. Rivals has his listed at 6-8 220 and as Jay Bilas would say, "he is very loooong". ESPN scouts say he is the best big man to come out of California since Tyson Chandler who just got back from winning a gold medal in China. Tyler is a "true" post player on both ends of the floor and doesn't try to be what he is not: a guard. He has a solid face-up jumper and finishes with authority. He is already a state-wide phenomenon in Cali, as is evidence in the video linked at the bottom.

This commitment comes as a surprise because it seemed like it would be harder than it was to get Tyler to come all the way from San Diego to Louisville when schools closer to home like UCLA, Arizona, Stanford and USC were extremely high on him. He told the various recruiting sites that he was amazed by what he saw while here. Jeremy averaged 23 points and over 15 boards and 8 blocks as a sophomore starting every game. He had a high of 37 points and didn't pull down less than 10 rebounds any game the whole season. This is truly a HUGE pull for the Cardinal coaching staff. I'm sure fellow Californian Ellis Myles and Walter "The Closer" McCarty had a strong influence on his decision.

This leaves the question as to what's next with the 2010 class? Rivals #1 Josh Smith was very high on Louisville due the the newfound "Seattle Pipeline" and hopefully this doesn't change his mind. Same goes for fellow California product Tobias Harris who had a good visit a few weeks back. If Pitino can find a way to get both Smith and Tyler it could be scary. Along with Harris and Smith, the Pitino recruiting war room is also looking at C Adreiean Payne, combo guard Daron Lamb (my pick) and Flavien Davis (cousin of Jerry Smith) just to name a few. Don't be surprised to see an offer to J'town guard Aaron Cosby if he shows in-game improvement after missing last season because of transfer. It would be silly to let a talent like Cosby slip through the cracks ala Chris Lofton, but at this rate there might not be any room. Cosby has the talent to play here. It's just a matter of time until the coaches see the light. That's a new story for a new day. Today, we welcome Jeremy Tyler to the fam. Here's a little video action. keep in mind he hasn't played his JUNIOR season in high school yet.

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