It’s still early in the recruiting process for Ty Sparling. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been exciting moments already for the junior. Like that phone call from Belmont University.
“I was very surprised when they called me and stuff,” Sparling said. “I was very excited when they did that.”
Belmont is just one of the colleges that contacted the No. 55 prospect in the Prep Hoops Indiana Top 100. Sparling has also had Cedarville University call his high school coach and talked with the University of Findlay.
College coaches like the way the 6-foot-4 guard is able to shoot from the outside and how he handles himself on the court. Sparling has always been known for his shooting ability but his attitude and work ethic have also struck a chord with the coaches talking to him already.
He has the opportunity to put this attitude to work as he tries to improve.
“I improved some areas (this summer), I would say handling the ball better and taking more shots off the dribble and playing better defense,” Sparling said. “Still need to get stronger and take more shots, like jumpshots, and work on taking things more to the basket.”
As he tries to achieve personal goals and move from interest to offers, he is also hoping his attitude rubs off on his teammates. Becoming a junior and leader on the team he knows he needs to lead by example to push Kokomo above .500 and toward a conference championship.
“We need to practice hard every single day and not give up in any areas,” Sparling said. “We have to have the right attitude and stay focused, and I just need to communicate to our teammates telling them they did a good job or keep telling them they need to keep working hard and little things like that.”