Posted On: 07/29/16 7:41 AM
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Arriving back to the Buckeye state at 7 a.m. this past Monday morning, after putting in work at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas, was just another typical end to a weekend for Bishop Hartley’s Garrett Tipton (2018).
Tipton, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard ranked No. 10 in the Columbus area for the 2018 class by 270hoops.com, has been showcasing his skills with the Ohio-Nova (Tillman) AAU club all spring and summer, traveling to tournaments all over the country. In fact, prior to the tournament in Sin City, Tipton was with his squad in Emerson, Georgia for the Under Armour Association Finals, winning the 16U open division.
The junior does a fantastic job moving without the ball and finding an opening for his pure shot that extends well beyond the 3-point arc. Tipton isn’t only limited to the catch-and-shoot, as his bread and butter is the one dribble pull-up jumper. He also has the athleticism to rebound over big men, despite being a 6-foot-4 two-guard.
“Footwork,” Tipton said when talking about what he is improving on. “Getting quicker, working on jumping higher and making sure my ball handling is getting more and more solid every day.”
Heading into his junior year, Tipton has interest from Northern Kentucky, UMBC, Wright State and American University. With two high school season, and one AAU seasons, left in his high school career, Tipton will have plenty of time to draw interest from more scholarship programs.
Bishop Hartley has a strong team coming back for their 2016-2017 campaign with four of the five starters returning to the roster, making them one of the favorites out of the Columbus area. As a matter of fact, along with Tipton the Hawks have two guards that stand in 270Hoops.com’s top 70 rankings for the class of 2017 – Jake Fischer, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, and Terrell Crowder, a 6-foot point guard.
“We (Bishop Hartley) are looking very strong,” Tipton said. “We are experienced playing at the varsity level.”
Last season, the Hawks went 17-8, falling to St. Francis DeSales in the district semi-finals. With all the returners that they have coming back, they will look to advance further in the 2016-2017 post-season.