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Panthers Offer Versatile Forward

“The recruiting process with Pitt started coach (Kevin) Sutton. He knew me from Georgetown and continued to pursue me at Pitt. Their interest in me really grew after Peach Jam,” said Weston (FL) Sagemont School small forward Tyler Polley (6-foot-7 inches, 185 pounds). “Pitt’s offer came through two days ago.”

Polley is generally considered a top 100 player by the major scouting services. He reports that his top five schools of interest are Pitt, Tennessee, Dayton, Oklahoma State and Connecticut. Tyler is a long, lean, smooth and athletic wing. He has tremendous body control and passes the ball exceptionally well. Past Pitt teams have struggled offensively. Polley is a creative scorer with ability to consistently hit the mid-range jumper. If he gets his hands near the ball near the rim, he can finish in electrifying fashion.

“I bring a lot of things to the table. I can score, rebound and defend. For my size, I’m a pretty good ball handler as well,” he said. “I can score at all three levels. I’m a versatile player. I’m getting better as a defender. I can guard the 2 (shooting guard) and the 3 (small forward) and 4 (power forward) depending on the situation.”

Although he has garnered interest from schools throughout the country, it appears the Panthers will be in line for an official visit. “I most definitely want to take an official visit to Pitt,” he said. “I’m trying to narrow down my list but Pitt is definitely in the mix of top schools for me.”

Polley is a strong student-athlete with a 3.2 grade point average. He played on the Nike circuit with Each One Teach One (E1T1) Elite. Tyler’s father played middle linebacker for Florida State.

Harry G. Psaros can be found on twitter @PittGuru

// Header image: The Petersen Events Center by Flickr user sabreguy29 | CC BY 2.0

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