It was announced that Jaylon Tyson would be committing back to Texas Tech after spending half the season in Austin with Coach Beard and entering the transfer portal last week.
Jaylon Tyson’s story is a little interesting because last year he was committed to Texas Tech and was probably going to be the program’s highest recruit ever until Chris Beard decided to take the job at Texas.
Not long after this, Tyson de-committed from Tech and went on to follow Beard.
Now coming into the season, it was thought that Tyson would be getting significant minutes at Texas, but this was not the case. In eight games this season he only averaged 6.9 minutes per game.
This was obviously very discouraging for him as a coveted and sought-after recruit in high school. He made the decision to enter the transfer portal to where he could be of better use.
Coming out of high school, Tyson was one of the top players in the country for the Class of 2022. According to 247Sports, he was ranked 36th player nationally, 9th ranked small forward, and the 4th best player in the State of Texas.
He had 4-Star rankings with a 0.9868 grade which is about as close as you can be without not being named a 5-star.
He is from Plano, Texas, and attended John Paul II High School. According to MaxPreps, Tyson averaged 23.6 points in 37 career high school games.
When you watch his film, this guy really jumps out at you! He is a true scorer at all three levels and can defend as well.
At 6’6, he is a guy who can play big if needed and can step outside and hit the jump shot very consistently! He used his senior year of high school to polish his skills and become college-ready.
One of the things that really separates him from a lot of players is his outside shooting. A guy as big and lengthy as him who can shoot the three-ball as good as him is very lethal!
He’s a very athletic guy who can run up and down the court very well and use his size and strength to get to the basket.
Tyson was an absolute bucket getter in high school and there was a reason he was one of the top players in the country last year.
Where He Fits in at Tech:
Now with this commitment, Tyson would not be eligible to play the rest of the season, so he will be able to play full-on next season.
So, he will be a sophomore coming into next season and be considered with the recruiting class of Richard “Pop Pop” Isaacs, Robert Jennings, and Lamar Washington, with room to add more.
With the possible loss of Terrence Shannon to the NBA Draft after this season, Tyson could immediately come in and fill that small forward/guard role.
With his length and size, this guy definitely fits the variations of what Adams is trying to bring into Lubbock. Those big, athletic guys that not only can score the ball but also play defense and play it well.
With this group of guys coming in, would need to be considered one of the best recruiting classes in Texas Tech history if not the best.
Now Tyson will not be able to play in any games the rest of the season, but he will have the opportunity to practice which is huge going forward! He will have three years of eligibility left when he comes here, so the future is bright for Texas Tech!
This is just another example of how Mark Adams “can recruit” to Lubbock and he is cementing Texas Tech into success and setting them up very well.
Now he’s not done on the recruiting trail and look for them to add more for this signing class!
Red Raider Nation is happy to have Tyson back in the red & black and happy to see him succeed here in Lubbock for the next couple of years!
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