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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

 Tyler Best

[Tyler Best]
 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Lafayette Central Catholic HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'7, 212lbs
 REACH AND WINGSPAN:
 POSITION: Forward
 00-01 RATINGS:
 99-00 RATINGS: Top50 (RUSA), #2 in Indiana (HR)
 ACADEMICS: ---
 STATUS: Mutual interest
 AAU TEAM: Spiece Pistols


PLAYER NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | GAME STATS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER NEWS

10-5-00...Lafayette CC's Tyler Best made the Street & Smith high-honorable mention all-american list, containing 80 of the top underclassmen in the country.

10-4-00...The field is set for the second annual Times Region Roundball Rumble which will be held December 2nd at the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, IN. The Rumble will feature four games, beginning at 11am, 1pm, 6pm and 8pm. The 11am game has defending state Class A champion Lafayette Central Catholic facing Bishop Noll. Lafayette Central Catholic will put 6'8 Tyler Best, 6'5 Russell Trudeau and 6'4 Kristof Kendrick up against arguably the best big man in northern Indiana, 6'9 sophomore Kenneth Harris. Harris has already verbally committed to Valparaiso University. The 1pm game has two local teams playing, Lake Central and LaPorte. After a late afternoon break, action begins again at 6pm with Gary Westside and Bullitt Central (KY). West continues to schedule out-of-state competition, this time bringing in a Kentucky team to the Rumble. The obvious two prospects to watch at West are the much mentioned juniors Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter, but also watch for shooting guard Duane Cooper and a host of additional talent on a packed roster. In the 8pm game, Xavier-bound 6'8 senior Will Caudle, Indiana State-bound senior 6'0 Terren Wilson and Indianapolis Warren Central take on 6'7 junior Justin Johnson, 6'0 senior Lonnie Randolph and Merrillville High.

7-24-00...Tyler Best is turning some heads at the Five-Star Camp, where one report says..."Tyler Best proved why some call him the best rising Junior in the state of Indiana. Being selected number one in the NBA draft at 6-9 he has the ability to play 2 or 3 different positions." Also at the Pitt 3 camp with Best is Indianapolis Pike's 6'6 sophomore Parnell Smith and Marion's 6'8 junior Kevin Cates.

6-27-00...A couple of homegrown underclassmen turned some heads at the Nike Hoops Jamboree, an invitation only camp for talented rising juniors and sophomores. Lafayette Catholic's Tyler Best was rated as the camp's fifth best big man by Van Coleman, and Oxford's Blake Shoen, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, was rated fifth at his position.

4-14-00...Purdue walkon Andrew Ford, along with prospects Russell Trudeau and Tyler Best, were all named all-area by the Journal and Courier. Ford and Trudeau drew first team honors while Best made the second team. Ford, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, averaged 18.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for West Lafayette HS. Trudeau, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward, averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for Central Catholic. CC teammate Best, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, averaged 14.4 points after suffering through a near-blinding eye infection that had bothered him since December.

3-29-00...Lafayette Central Catholic defeated Union Dugger 82-70 on Saturday to win the Class A state title. The title is their second in three seasons, holding a 19-1 record over those three seasons in tournament play. Tyler Best led Central Catholic with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Best was followed by Eric Anthrop with 17 and Kristof Kendrick with 15. Kendrick's game generated a little buzz among more than a few fans in attendance. Russell Trudeau scored 13 points and pulled down 10 boards. Best's five assists was an individual tournament record, breaking Bill Bogan's record set in 1998.

3-11-00...Lafayette Catholic 52, Indy Park Tudor 49 - With the score tied at 49, senior guard Richard Gilman hit a three with one second remaining to give the Knights the victory. Russell Trudeau finished with a team-high 12 points and seven boards, Tyler Best added 9 points and seven boards, and Kristof Kendrick threw in 7 points.

3-9-00...No. 4 Lafayette Central Catholic moves on to a Friday sectional matchup with No. 9 Park Tudor, after a Tuesday night 75-51 victory over Rossville. Russell Trudeau led all scorers with 32 points and near perfect shooting. Sophomore Tyler Best had nine points and nine boards.

3-5-00...Lafayette Central Catholic, featuring a trio of players of interest to most Purdue fans, defeated No. 6 Attica 53-50 with help from the line from Russell Trudeau. Russell is the son of Doug Trudeau, who played for the Boilers in the mid-sixties. The younger Trudeau led Central Catholic with 17 points. Purdue prospect Tyler Best had 11 points. His father tells us he has yet to regain his complete vision from a December eye infection that forced him to sit out several games. Kristof Kendrick, son of former Purdue assistant coach Frank Kendrick, had 2 points in an unusually unproductive evening.

11-22-99...In the new issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine, Central Catholic is ranked preseason #3 in Class A, and at #27 among all classes.

10-23-99...The men's program had a handful of prospects unofficially visit Saturday for the Penn State football game. Players visiting who have made frequent visits to campus before include Tyler Best and Austin Parkinson.

10-18-00...Over on the MidWestHoops site, a listing of the nation's top 50 sophomores has three Indiana kids and an Illinois prospect. Chicago Providence-St. Mel's Stanley Gaines comes in at #16, followed by the three Indiana kids...Ben Davis' Greg Stone at #22, Bloomington's Sean May at #26 and Lafayette's Tyler Best at #39.

9-14-99...Four Indiana players made the all-tournament team during last weekend's Jerry Watson Shootout. Along with Tyler Best, Pistols teammates 6'1 Greg Stone and 6'8 Dello Rowley, and Spiece Believers forward Jovan Witherspoon all got all-tournament honors.

9-8-99...Tyler played for the Spiece Pistols this summer, a team that faired well in the summer circuit. The Pistols finished with a record of 47-10 for the summer, with two of the losses coming at the hands of senior-to-be teams. The Pistols placed 2nd at Purdue's Spiece Run 'N Slam, 1st at Akron, 2nd at Anderson, 3rd in the state AAU tournament, made the final 4 at the Columbus Shootout, won the Naptown Shootout, and placed 3rd at nationals. Tyler made the All-Tournament team at Columbus playing against senior competition and was named MVP of the Naptown Shootout. Spiece moved him closer to the post as the summer progressed, but still uses him to bring up the ball under pressure situations.

4-29-99...Purdue is showing early interest in the younger brother of former Indiana all-star Travis Best. Tyler Best is a 6'7, highly versatile forward who has the skills to fill in at most positions on the floor besides center, a position he just isn't strong enough to be good at right now. Has a very accurate standing perimeter shot, plus good ballhandling skills. It's a long way away, but he could develop into a big guard by the time he reaches college. Has early interest in Purdue, and is a fan of Gene Keady. His mother also works for Purdue University.

3-27-99...Lafayette CC finished the season 19-7 and ranked eighth in the state, but couldn't repeat as Class 1A state champs. Tecumseh defeated Lafayette CC 55-43 by frustrating senior Eric Washington for the entire game. In Washington's absence, freshman Tyler Best would go on to lead the team in scoring with 11, also adding seven boards and two blocked shots.


SCOUTING REPORTS

Anonymous scouting report..."6'7, has always been a winner and team leader. OK shooter but getting better everyday. OK defender but gets beat off the dribble too much. Does not block out well, great shot blocker and his rebounding is getting better. Sees the floor as well as anyone out there and above average ball handler. Never panics in pressure situations. When he gets his strength everyone watch out, strength is only thing holding him back. Average student." (5/1/99)


LINKS
  • Best impressive at Five-Star Camp [Five Star]
  • 2000 Class A championship results [IHSAA]



    SINGLE GAME STATISTICS
    DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS ------------------------------------------------- 03/29/00 25 8 14 4 6 1 2 10 5 3 21

    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS
    Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD ------------------------------------------------------------- 99-00 season 14.4 .562 .651 .364 8.4 3.2 1.6 23-5

    AWARDS AND HONORS

    00-01 season
  • All-American high honorable mention (Street & Smith)
  • All-Tournament (Spiece Run 'N Slam)
    99-00 season
  • All-Area (Journal and Courier)
  • All-American high honorable mention (Street & Smith)
  • All-Tournament (Jerry Watson Shootout)
  • All-Tournament (Columbus Shootout)
  • Most Valuable Player (Naptown Shootout)



    2000-01 SEASON SCHEDULE FOR LAFAYETTE CC
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/17/00 FRI 6:30P @ Harrison Jamboree (Harrison, McCutcheon, W Lafayette) 11/25/00 SAT 6:30P Covenant Christian 12/02/00 SAT 12:00P @ Region Roundball Rumble (vs Hammond Bishop Noll at Hammond Center) 12/02/00 SAT 7:00P @ Rensselaer Central 12/09/00 SAT 6:30P Indianapolis Roncalli 12/15/00 FRI 6:30P Indianapolis Cathedral Greencastle Tournament 12/20/00 WED TBA @ Greencastle (First Round) 12/21/00 THR TBA @ Greencastle (Final) (Greencastle, SW Hanover, S Vermillion) Greencastle Tournament Super Hoops Tournament 12/27/00 WED 11:00A @ Noblesville (2 games) 12/29/00 FRI TBA @ Noblesville (Third Round) 01/01/01 MON TBA @ Hinkle Fieldhouse (Final) (Mishawaka Marian, Fort Wayne Carroll, Penrith (Australia), Jennings County, Noblesville) Super Hoops Tournament 01/12/01 FRI 6:30P Benton Central 01/19/01 FRI 6:30P Clinton Prairie (homecoming) 01/26/01 FRI 6:30P Heritage Christian 01/27/01 SAT 6:30P @ Fountain Central 02/03/01 SAT 6:30P Cowan 02/09/01 FRI 6:30P Tri-Central 02/10/01 SAT 6:30P @ Clinton Central 02/16/01 FRI 6:30P @ Rossville 02/23/01 FRI 6:30P @ Carroll 02/24/01 SAT 6:00P @ East Chicago Central 03/02/01 FRI 6:30P @ Attica * Times subject to change

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