Posted On: 08/31/18 12:39 PM

Oak Grove forward Tyrell Rodriguez put up 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and two blocks a game last year a junior followed by a strong year playing a role for ECI.  Prep Hoops caught up with Tyrell today.

The first question we asked was about Tyrell’s experience with ECI.

“I learned how to become a better passer and better defender with ECI because of the talent we played every game,” Tyrell said. “I also learned a better way to carry myself on the court with the help of Luke Morman.”

ECI won 24 games and put together a memorable run to win the GPA in June.  On that team Tyrell was the deep post muscle willing to do whatever his team needed. 

“I would say my top memory of this 17U season was winning the Great Plains Alliance tournament in the Twin Cities,” Tyrell explained.  “We played some really good teams to get there and I remember the team being so hyped we were in the championship.

“I mean it was a great atmosphere during that game, the fans and the benches were into the game and there was a lot of college coaches there.”

Next up for Oak Grove is football, then his senior year at Oak Grove.  Expectations are high with Tyrell’s 15/7 and returning guards around him.

“We have some great players coming back and yes we did lose our leader scorer Andrew Christiansen but I feel the way we played this summer together against some really good teams I believe we could go far in the playoffs and go to state.”

At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds Tyrell plays both offensive tackle and defensive tackle.  A Northern Sun school really likes him on the football side.

“I have been talking to multiple colleges for both football and basketball,” Tyrell said. “I would say Minnesota State-Moorhead is in contact the most for football and for basketball they are all pretty even. I haven’t taken any official visits yet but I plan to when possible.”