WAXAHACHIE, Texas – It may be early in the 2016 hoops recruiting cycle, but that hasn’t stopped multiple high profile college coaches from looking toward the futures of their programs. Many of these coaches are hoping that the future will include promising young point guard Tyler James, a 2-foot-9 prospect who has recently gained some attention for his prowess on a Little Tykes hoop that his grandmother, Rose, bought him for his second birthday.
Right now, James projects as a lead guard at the college level but definitely has a score first mentality, rarely giving up the ball to his pleading parents when they tell him it’s time for a bath. From a skills standpoint, James has shown great range out to three feet, and his father Doug has indicated that he’s been known to stretch that out on his home floor to four or even five feet on occasion.
Still, watching some of the young floor general’s highlights it’s easy to see that he’s got a long way to go in terms of learning how to dribble, and becoming more aware of spacial relations, as well as not shitting himself on the basketball court. James has big hands and feet and his pediatricians are projecting him to grow to around 6-foot-3, making him an ideal point guard prospect in the class of 2030.
So far, James has garnered interest from the likes of USC, North Carolina, and Kentucky, with head coach John Calipari recently making a visit to James in his Waxahachie playroom to help him finish a particularly tricky six piece puzzle.