Posted On: 08/8/18 7:00 AM

AAU basketball was one of change for Ty Rankin. The strong 6-foot-2 combo guard’s role with the Rose City Rebels was more complimentary than his one normally with Grant High School, where he’s more of a leading man. But Rankin took things all in stride, filling in the gaps with rebounding and defense, and learning to become a catch-and-shoot player from deep.

“It was different for me, but I tried to do whatever I had to do to help us win,” Rankin said. “We did better than how we did in the other (EYBL) sessions, so that was good about July. I changed my game, but I wanted to help our team – whatever I needed to do to help us win.”

Rankin recently participated in Portland State Elite Camp, where he was able to play a little more like what we’ve come to expect from him these past few years at Grant. With the ball in his hands a little more, he was able to use his strength to attack the basket and utilize his good ball-handling skills to get where he wanted to go.

On the recruiting front, Rankin noted that Central Washington has been in contact with him the most, as well as some other schools such as Carroll College, Lewis & Clark, and Whitman College. He’s keeping all of his options open and instead of playing football this year, Rankin is now simply focused on getting set for his senior season.

“I’m going to work on my bounce more, my shooting more, and I can always work on my defense,” Rankin said. “Now moving forward and going into high school (season) we’re going to try and win another state championship, go back-to-back.”

Rankin currently ranks as the #6 player in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2019 rankings.