Stanford Cardinal fans would be excited with how their first class of 2019 commitment in Tyrell Terry looked today at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. The D1 Minnesota point guard did an excellent job controlling the offense and creating opportunities for his teammates. He spoke to Prep Circuit on his performance, his commitment to Stanford and more.
Q: Today you did a good job of controlling the flow of your team’s offense. What type of role do you see yourself playing on this team?
A: “I see myself as a true point guard so I see my job as running the team as best as I can. I try to get everyone else going before myself and do things like control the pace and make sure my teammates are getting their looks.”
Q: What would you say your strengths are?
A: “My strengths are being a true point guard, leading my team and pushing the pace. I also like to get my teammates looks and things like that.”
Q: What’s it like playing with a prospect like Matthew Hurt?
A: “It’s very easy to play with him. He knocks down shots when you pass it to him, he finds great space and his presence on the floor creates opportunities for myself. It’s very fun to play with him.”
Q: You decided to end the recruitment process earlier than most an commit to Stanford. Why do you decide on them?
A: “Growing up I’ve always been a kid that values academics just as much as athletics. I thought that was the place to get top of the line athletics as well as top of the line competition in the Pac-12. I felt that I had a great relationship with the coaching staff so it was an easy decision for me.”
Q: Who were you considering aside from Stanford?
A: “Some of the schools I was down to were Minnesota, Xavier, Butler and Indiana. Those schools including Stanford were my top five.”
Q: What have they told you about your role when you get there?
A: “My role will be the same it is now, which is to control the pace. They want me to be a true point guard and just to do the same things I’m doing now.”
Q: What were some of the other reasons why you decided on Stanford outside of the athletics and academics?
A: “I just liked the coaching staff and I wanted to make sure my family liked where I was going. My parents love their coaching staff and I know some of the players on their team. I have a great relationship with them too. Aside from the academics and athletics part, those were some of the factors that made my decision that much easier.”
Q: After getting this win, what’s it like being one step closer to winning the championship here?
A: “That’s our main goal, we want to win this whole thing. To do that we are just going to keep playing the way we play. Today was a tough game even though we won by a large margin. We just have to keep fighting through adversity. If we do that we could win this whole thing.”
Bol Akot, a class of 2020 PG from Procter Academy (NH), has picked up an offer from Quinnipiac.