Lone Peak High School in Utah has enjoyed a strong start this year after winning the 5A state championship last season. One of the reasons for the team's early success has been because of the play of junior wing Tyler Haws.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard is off to a hot start and shined in New Mexico last month at the T-Mobile Invitational. He shot 51.6 percent from the floor and averaged 21 points a game against St. Anthony's (N.J.) and Centennial (Ga.).
"I thought it went really good. I thought I played good. Coming into it, I wanted to prove myself against some their main guys like Lorenzo Brown and (Dominic) Cheek. I feel like I represented myself pretty well," Haws said.
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"I shot the ball well and helped out my team pretty well. I felt like if we could have gotten a few more breaks in that St. Anthony game and hit a few more shots, we could have had a chance to win it."
Lone Peak's success has placed the Knights in a handful of national top 25 high school polls. Haws said he tries to not get too caught up in the exposure and accolades.
"It was very exciting but you can't worry about that kind of stuff. You have to play hard every game and focus on winning," he said. "When you win, that stuff just comes along with it."
So does increased interest from colleges. Haws said he is holding offers from BYU, Pepperdine and Utah while Gonzaga, San Diego, Stanford, Wake Forest and Yale are showing interest.
He said he is still early in the recruiting process and feeling out the schools as they come along. Haws said he does know what he wants to find in his future college.
"I want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and players. I want to be able to fit in their style and their system," Haws said. "Academics are going to be important. I want to go to a good school."
Haws and his Lone Peak (8-2) team take to the court again on Friday night as they take on rival Brighton, featuring Utah bound guard Jace Tavita.