Posted On: 04/18/18 7:00 PM
Last evening Richard Pitino offered Top 150 junior point guard Tyrell Terry a scholarship giving Terry his sixth high major offer.
With the offer to Tyrell the Minnesota Gophers joined Baylor, Butler, Iowa, Nebraska, and Stanford in offering Terry from the high major level. Also, yesterday the Iowa State Cyclones were at DeLaSalle to see Terry, last night Stanford had an in-home visit with Tyrell, and later in the week Xavier will be here led by head coach Travis Steele and former Gopher assistant Ben Johnson who is now at Xavier.
The interest in Terry is at a high level and it will only continues to climb. Recently Terry was named First Team All State in Class AAA in Minnesota and was also a first team member of the Minnesota Junior All State team.
Tyrell took his team to third place in state averaging 16.8 points per game with over six assists a night plus 4.6 rebounds. Terry was second on the Islanders in steals and one of their highest percentage shooters from all three recorded areas (field goal, three point line, foul line). Islander Head Coach Travis Bledsoe is proud of what his junior lead guard has accomplished.
“I’m so proud of Tyrell and the hard work he has put in to receive a scholarship from Hometown Minnesota Gophers and Richard Pitino,” Bledsoe said. “To have two guards offered by the Gophers in back-to-back years shows how far along the DeLaSalle Basketball program is when it comes to developing Division 1 basketball players.”
Gabe Kalschuer – who has signed with Minnesota – will be in maroon and gold next fall and Gopher fans hope that Gabe’s presence will help them land Terry.
“With Gabe there it helps as it’s a familiar face that will already be in the program,” Terry said. “And I’ve met Daniel (Oturu) and Jarvis (Omersa). Getting the home town offer is something that many dream of and it’s nice to have received it, it means a lot.”
Coach Richard Pitino talked to Tyrell last evening after watching Terry workout earlier in the morning.
“It was a great feeling,” Tyrell said after earning the offer. “I’ve been wanting this offer for quite awhile and I’m grateful to coach Pitino for offering me a scholarship. The support in all the comments from the local fans on Twitter means a lot.”
Minnesota’s recruiting efforts with Tyrell Terry were previously stated as “on and off with them” but over the winter former Gopher assistant Coach Ben Johnson picked up the interest in Tyrell and things seemed to be progressing towards a Gopher offer.
After Ben Johnson left for Xavier, Tyrell wasn’t sure what would happen but then Coach Pitino quickly was in contact with Tyrell.
“Coach Pitino said immediately that nothing has changed with their interest in me and he will be watching me play and workout”. Pitino won’t be alone. Tyrell is playing with D1 Minnesota once again this spring and summer and with that comes schools looking at Matthew Hurt, Zeke Nnaji, Tyler Wahl, and Patrick McCaffrey.
With McCaffery – an Iowa commit – playing for D1 Minnesota his father Fran McCaffery, the head coach at Iowa, can watch all of Tyrell’s games this spring and summer regardless if it’s an open period or not. Iowa remains strong after Tyrell as they were one of the first schools to extend an offer.
“I really connect with their coaches especially coach Andrew Francis,” Tyrell previously said. “When I went to a football game there, the environment was awesome. It seems like a great place to be.”
The school that many feel is the program to beat for Terry is Stanford. Tyrell is a 4.0 student and the Cardinal have been recruiting Terry heavily including an in-home visit last night after we spoke with Tyrell.
Tomorrow morning Xavier will be in to meet with Terry and that will include Ben Johnson who of course has already built up a strong relationship with Terry.
All of these college programs will likely be in Indianapolis this weekend watching Tyrell and D1 Minnesota in the Adidas Regional event as the open period begins.