As Tyrell Lynch plays out his senior campaign, one thing is certain.
The 6-8, 215 pound power forward from Niagara Falls (NY) H.S. has the ability to play at the mid to high Division I level, but academic hurdles will keep him from realizing that potential – for now.
“Tyrell is going to need to attend either prep school or junior college next year,” said Niagara Falls Head Coach Daniel Bazzani. “I haven’t talked to any prep schools yet.”
Bazzani’s former pupil at NFHS, Paul Harris, is currently starring at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. He signed in the fall with Syracuse, and the Orange program along with Purdue have shown quite a bit of interest in Lynch, Bazzani said.
Lynch is a mobile and athletic big man with the ability to knock down midrange jumpers. He looked sharp recently at the 2006 Basketball City Shootout, collecting 14 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as Niagara Falls beat up New Rochelle H.S., 84-59.
“His last two games have been his best games of the year,” Bazzani said. “He is playing the way I expected him to all year long.”
Playing with the G.C. Ballers last spring alongside such players as Harris, Lazar Hayward (Marquette) and Rob Garrison (UConn), Lynch didn’t get much of a chance to show what he could do.
Then, last July at the Reebok Summer Classic East in New Jersey, Lynch erupted, showcasing his athletic talent and shooting acumen from the power forward slot. He also helped the Ballers win their bracket of the Charlie Weber Fall Hoop Classic in September.
Now the question is, just what will Lynch do next year? Wherever he winds up, a number of Division I programs are sure to keep tabs on him.
He had / has offers from: Charlotte, Siena, Canisius, St. Bonaventure, and Buffalo. His offers surely will climb next year or the following year, depending if he goes to prep school or the juco route.