Monroe (N.C.) Piedmont four-star forward Hunter Tyson made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend and left the school with his mind made up.
The visit sealed the deal for Tyson, who committed to the Clemson Tigers on Monday.
“It just really felt comfortable, felt like home to me,” Tyson told The Clemson Insider shortly after his commitment. “That’s really when I decided that’s where I wanted to continue my career.”
Tyson (6-7, 190) chose Clemson over offers from Davison, DePaul, Michigan, Tennessee and Wake Forest among others. He took official visits to Davidson and Michigan, as well.
The Tigers offered Tyson last July and made him a priority target in the 2018 class.
“They were one of the first schools to start recruiting me, and I just really enjoyed building a relationship with the coaching staff over these past 18 months,” Tyson said. “They believed in me from the beginning. They told me they thought I could be a great player at Clemson. I just really enjoyed the culture I feel that surrounded the program that they have built, and I think we have a shot to really be good in the future.”
Tyson feels he will be in good hands with Clemson’s coaching staff at the next level.
“The people I talked to the most were Dick Bender and Brad Brownell. They just seemed so smart about the game and were always telling me stuff that their guys do that could potentially help me out, become a better player,” Tyson said. “But they also seem like, in a sense, just regular guys that I feel like I could learn from, I’d become a better player and a better man. They obviously had the team’s best interest in mind, but they also wanted to help me achieve my goals. So I just really like that.”
Tyson offers range and versatility from the forward position. He is an adept shooter who can hit the 3-pointer and take it to the bucket as well.
Last season, Tyson averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“I’m somebody who is an all-around player, can shoot it, put it on the floor,” Tyson said. “I think when I get hot, I can score a lot in a hurry. Also somebody who is going to give it his all, go out there and do whatever the coaches ask of me.”
Tyson is ranked by ESPN as the No. 10 prospect from North Carolina and the No. 37 small forward nationally.
He becomes the second member of Clemson’s 2018 class, joining John Newman of Greensboro (N.C.) Day School.