Thursday, January 23, 2020

6'9 Tyler Mason Generates National Buzz at Hoop Hall

2023 Tyler Mason (Virginia) played some meaningful minutes and made his impact felt in front of a packed house at Hoop Hall this past weekend.  Notching a 73-72 win over one of the country’s top ranked teams Mater Dei and in front of Kentucky’s John Calipari.

Mason, a 6-foot-9, combo forward in the Class of 2023 is one of the most promising and intriguing prospects in the area and on the Bishop O’Connell roster.   O’Connell plays in the WCAC in what many experts consider to be the top basketball conference in the country.

Tyler Mason brings a combination of size and dexterity that is unmatched in the DC Metro area high school scene right now in his class. Mason can post, handle (not something you get to see on the HS side) and he will battle in the paint as well as play some face up basketball with a soft touch from distance for the lefty.  Mason is also a very sure-handed rebounder who can also go and get it out of his area. Bottom-line is there is not much not to like with Mason at this stage.

Any high major program is going to be interested in recruiting Tyler to their program. He has enough of what is needed - size, skill and mobility and is developing the necessary strength - for a coach to envision years with a target guards can't ignore - nor would want to. Should Mason’s body streamline and his strength and 'run and jump' athleticism improve, it is right to project him as high as any future post prospect in the country if he is handled correctly.

Which brings us to the summer front where rumor has it that Mason will be making his first appearance on the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit; A strong showing will more than validate the buzz that is being generated currently – one of DC area’s top evaluatora has this to say when we phoned to inquire about Mason:

 “He’s displayed a ferocious intensity and instinct. As a rim-running player is where his immediate impact will be as he is still developing his offensive arsenal, but he is already a solid finisher and shows versatility on the perimeter with ball in his hands". 

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