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Class of 2019 guard Tyler Bertram was one of the biggest standouts here at the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp. Bertram has established himself as one of the top shooters in the nation and he showed that again here at camp. He caught up with Prep Circuit to talk about what it’s like to be back playing with Vermont Academy, his recruitment and more.
Q: You are back with your team here at Hoop Group Elite Team Camp. What has this experience been like for you?
A: “It’s great to get to know the new guys. We have four or five returners and I already know how to play with them so it’s nice to get the new guys in. We get to play against some good competition, hangout and have fun.”
Q: You are playing a bit more point guard here than you did in AAU and on last year’s Vermont Academy team. Has this been something you were looking to add to your game?
A: “Ever since my old high school I’ve always played point guard. Going into the AAU circuit and playing with guys like Jalen Lecque I had to learn how to play off the ball. Last year with Symir Torrence I played shooting guard as well, which allowed me to learn how to play both spots. This year coach told me if I am getting face guarded I’m going to have to learn how to handle the ball and play point guard. I know I have to work on my craftiness and I think I’ve done a good job with that.”
Q: You have taken visits to Michigan, Xavier, Dayton and Ohio State recently. Let’s start out with Michigan, what did you like about that visit?
A: “I thought it was awesome because I spent the whole day there and the coaching staff was there with me throughout the visit. I thought it was really nice and showed that they are really interested. The coaches took me to a workout and I just loved everything about their program. They said they’ll see how things go after July.”
Q: What did you take away from your visit to Ohio State?
A: “I thought that visit was very nice as well. The coaching staff was great and I was talking to the guys on the team and they were really cool. The campus is really nice and like their style of play.”
Q: Dayton has been recruiting you hard, what stood out about that visit?
A: “I actually got to play with the guys at Dayton on my visit, which was nice because I got to see how they play. I love their campus and their whole coaching staff toured me around. I liked getting to meet with them.”
Q: What schools would you say have made you a priority thus far?
A: “For the ones that haven’t offered I would say Xavier, Michigan, Ohio State, Missouri. For the teams that have offered I’d say Loyola-Chicago, Dayton, Saint Joseph’s, George Mason and East Carolina.”
Q: For the schools that haven’t offered, what have they told you and what is your plan down the line with your recruitment?
A: “They told me that they want to see one more time in July before they decide on offering or not. I want to wait till July is over with and then after July is over with I want to narrow things down, take official visits and go from there.”
Q: What is going to separate one school from the rest when it comes to decision time?
A: “I’m looking for somewhere that’s going to make me feel like family and I know where I’m going to fit in. Style of play is very important because I don’t want to go to a place they are going to put me in a corner. Knowing the coaching staff and how they play is going to be very important.”
Class of 2020 SG Darius Maddox tells me he is announcing his commitment tonight at 6:00 p.m. (EST).
Taj Thweatt, a class of 2020 PF from Wildwood Catholic (NJ)/Team Rio (NJ), is down to Florida, Penn State, Temple & West Virginia.