When opportunity arose, Cavanaugh took advantage

3 Aug

Tyler Cavanaugh took advantage of his opportunity in Orlando at the end of the evaluation period. (PHOTO: AP)

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

Not many people have heard about 6-foot-7 Albany City Rocks forward Tyler Cavanaugh, but that’s all about to change.

In a week where the City Rocks were without it’s two best players in DaJuan Coleman and Ricardo Ledo (both top 10 players in the class of 2012), Cavanaugh proved that he can play at the highest level.

Cavanaugh, a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt in New York, is teetering between the mid-majors and the high-majors.

George Mason, George Washington, Fairfield, Siena, and “a lot of A-10 schools” have all offered him, he says.

“I’m considering Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Boston College, Notre Dame, and Clemson,” Cavanaugh said.

Syracuse coach Mike Hopkins was at almost every single one of Cavanaugh’s games last week in Orlando for the AAU Nationals. Cavanaugh didn’t disappoint either. Only once did he not have 15 points and 5 boards by halftime, and only twice did he fail to reach 20 points and 10 rebounds by the end of the game. There are those that think the ‘Cuse could be the first high-major to offer a scholarship.

Cavanaugh said he is looking for in a program that has a mix of “academics and good basketball, a chance to play, and somewhere I can fit in well.”

When asked if he wanted to play with his AAU and high school teammate DaJuan Coleman, a fellow Syracuse target, at the next level he replied “Yeah, I mean it would be nice to play with him again, we’ve played together since the 6th grade so it would be cool to play with him at the next level.”

Still Cavanaugh understands that winning is the most important thing when it comes to basketball.

“It’s nice to be in the spotlight, but you have to win to get there,” he said.

If you are looking for fall storylines, Cavanaugh is one. Will he go to the mid-level and shine or will he take a high-major offer and go from there?


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