The basketball season is over for Alex Tyus in his first year at Harmony Prep in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound live wire transferred to the school from his native Florissant, Mo., in hopes of improving his academic standing and playing a highly competitive schedule.
"Coming here was not just basketball wise," Tyus said. "I came here to get better in the classroom because it is a small school with smaller classes. I feel like I've done a lot better here."
Tyus was the springboard amongst a good rotation of talented, tough and quick guards.
"The competition here was better, even just in practice," Tyus said.
In Harmony's up and down system, Tyus was able to fit in perfectly. His game is predicated on transition, allowing him to show off his touch around the basket. The overall speed of the team has helped him prepare for the next level, he said.
"Playing that fast paced game is good because it helped me with my decision making and judging my strength on the floor and helping me understand what I can and can't do when we get out and run," he said.
Going into his last AAU season, Tyus will rejoin the loaded D1 Greyhounds and certainly take on every team's best games throughout the circuit. Playing alongside O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker, Tyus quietly stay under the defense's radar, allowing him to showcase his high-major skills.
Recruiting is still moving at the pace it has been all season, he said. Tyus mentioned Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Memphis and Miami as the schools he consistently hears from but is keeping the door cracked open for others.
"I still haven't narrowed it down but I'm open to a couple of schools," Tyus said.
Connecticut, Texas and Washington are amongst those Tyus said he hopes turns the heat up on him this year on the AAU circuit.
"I'm going to wait to I can take some official visit early next (school) year in October and November," Tyus said. "Maybe I'll even sign early. I just want to see who is there and interested this summer."