Fast rising four-star prospect Tyler Honeycutt of Sylmar (Calif.) High School knew he wanted to stay in Southern California, and on Wednesday the 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing prospect chose a specific school.
After forming a preliminary short list of Memphis, Texas, UCLA and USC, Honeycutt's first decision was whether or not he would leave the area he grew up in to play basketball or stay close to home. Once he decided he wanted to stay in Southern California, he couldn't resist the scholarship offer from his dream school UCLA.
"The biggest reason Tyler chose UCLA is that he wanted to stay here in Southern California," said Honeycutt's mother Lisa Stazel. "I raised him as a single mother and have taken him to all his games and watched him play since he was four years old. He's been raised here and is a Southern California boy and wanted to stay here and give me the opportunity to continue watching him.
"Then when UCLA, which is one of the top programs in the country, offered him, it gave him a chance to achieve his dream. Tyler grew up dreaming of playing for UCLA one day."
Saying no to USC, whom Honeycutt visited last weekend for the Ohio State football game, was no easy task.
"USC is a great school," said Stazel. "Coach Floyd is a great coach and is great off the court. He was so good to us. It just came down to UCLA being his dream school."
Honeycutt, the No. 29 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, joins power forwards Reeves Nelson and Brendan Lane in the UCLA 2009 recruiting class.
Tyler Honeycutt scouting report:
Honeycutt has an mpressive overall skill level and feel for the game. If the long wing isn't draining threes, he is making high basketball IQ plays with his movement without the ball and savvy passing. He also has the ability to make plays inside despite his thin frame.