One of the best players to come out of the state of Utah is not leaving the state for college. Tyler Haws, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound from Highland (Utah) Lone Peak, committed to BYU on Wednesday.
Haws selected the Cougars over Stanford, the other finalist in his recruitment.
"I've always been a BYU fan," Haws told the Deseret News. "My dad still has ties there, and I'd always go to the football and basketball games. I love the atmosphere. I feel like I can do really well there."
The nationally-ranked wing joins high school teammate Nate Austin, a 6-foot-9 forward, and Orem (Utah) center Ian Harward in the 2009 recruiting class for head coach Dave Rose.
Haws follows in his father's footsteps. Marty Haws played for the Cougars in the late 1980s.
Harvard, Pepperdine, Utah and Davidson were also strongly considered.
Haws has helped Lone Peak claim back-to-back state championships in Utah and is aiming for the team's third in his senior season. Haws averaged 20.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals a game last year.