Posted On: 02/12/18 6:15 PM
One of the better senior bigs in Utah, Summit Academy’s 6-foot-7 power forward Tyler Kartchner has been seeing his recruitment ramp-up of late.
And though he’ll be taking a two-year LDS mission as soon as he’s done with high school, college basketball is certainly in his future plans.
“I’m planning on continuing my education and my basketball experience in college. I’m planning on committing to a college before I leave (for my mission)”
Kartchner has been working with an organization, Collegecoachesconnection.com, to help aid with the recruitment process. He says it’s working well.
“They’ve helped so many high school athletes find the correct fit for them, not only to find what they want, but they need,” said Karthcner. “They find good fits educationally, financially and athletically.”
A big-bodied post who takes pride in his ability to rebound at a high volume, Kartchner broke down his specific playing style to PHUT.
“I like to run the floor and get ahead of the ball, and I’m more of a rebounder than anything else. I average a bit more rebounds than I do points per game. I like to rebound the ball, then go up strong.”
The senior is averaging a double-double this season, 11 points and 13 rebounds, and nearly three blocks per game for Summit Academy, whose playoffs start this Saturday.
“It’s been going pretty good. We started off pretty rough, we had a tough schedule to start the season, but we’ve bounced back,” said Kartchner. “And we’ve been playing pretty good.”
As for the recruitment, there’s plenty of programs that are interested in Kartchner. And a few in particular.
“I have been contacted by about 30-35 colleges from around the country. There are one or two JuCo’s, and there’s four or five D2s, and the rest are D3 or NAIA,” said Kartchner.
“St. John Fisher (NY), Beloit College (WI), Knox College (IL), those three are the ones that have been pursuing me the most.”