June 20, 2006

Big-time scorer interested in Huskies

There's a reason Tyrone Shelley scored 76 points in less than three quarters last season in a contest. This guy can flat-out score. "He could have scored over 100," said Crawford High coach Terry Tucker, who commented after that game Dec. 14 against Burlington Central from Canada that he had "never seen anything like it" on the high school level.

A scoring machine like Shelley, #47 in the Rivals150 for 2007, doesn't come around very often. Washington is aware of that fact, and that's why the Huskies are in the race for the rights to Shelley. In Tucker's mind, the best comparison on the high school level is an NBA great from a couple
decades ago. "Tyrone's like a high school Bernard King," Tucker said. "He can score from everywhere. He's been averaging 28 points since his freshman year. And when he plays AAU, against even tougher competition, he's putting up those type of numbers if not more."

Case in point: At the Cactus Classic last month, the 6-6, 190-pound small forward averaged 25.5 points - second only to the 31-point average of Husky recruit Isaiah Thomas. And Shelley did this on an inexperienced, 7-man squad, the San Diego Colts - which actually was an alias for Crawford's high school team. "He did this against teams with top-50 guys on them," Tucker said. "I've seen a lot of high school ball. Tyrone Shelley is good."

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