Posted On: 08/16/19 12:56 AM

Alex Hyder (Cleveland) infused the @PrepHoopsTN Summer Combine with a nice natural bounce.  There is some promise embedded in his game and Hyder gave his five-on-five team a weakside shooter.

How did he measure against the competition?

  • Class of 2023
  • 6’1″ 159 pounds
  • Wingspan — 6’2″
  • Height w/o shoes — 6’1″
  • Height w/ shoes — 6’2″
  • Hand Span — 9″
  • Hand Length — 8 1/4″
  • Lane Agility — 12.52
  • 3/4 court sprint — 3.43, 3.75
  • Summer Combine Ranking — #26

NBA Stylistic Comparison: 2011 Rockets Chuck Hayes

Alex Hyder was tied for tallest freshman at the entire Summer Combine at 6-foot-1 with Judah Sault and Blue Cain.  All three showcased different styles.  Hyder was a hybrid guard right now.  He projects as a lead guard, but it would be beneficial to see him exclusively against Class of 2023 players. 

During the combine, Hyder played more timid than preferred.  He deferred to the older players, several of which are Cleveland High players and he, Camden Gober, etc. are only now entering CHS.  When the basketball found him, Hyder shot ok from the corners.  His shooting touch will have to improve longterm.  He found good arch on his release.

Hyder stands too upright and doesn’t get in the best position off-the-ball.  Ideally, he would get his hips and butt lower for the duration of the defensive set.  Help defense is poor.  It comes down to lack of investment and no ownership in the team’s defensive success.  With his quickness and strong frame, Alex Hyder can be and will be a more effective defender in time. 

Most of the weaknesses displayed at this particular event were simply Hyder’s basketball personality.  He did not display any unfixable weaknesses.  It was a matter of confidence among older players.  Part of this is that the older players didn’t entrust all younger players with frequent touches.

Three of the six Class of 2023 players earned All-Star Game appearances.  Hyder was the next best performer on the day and he might have the second best potential behind Jasen Brooks of that group.  AAU Coach Reggie Tucker raves about him and his character especially.

“He had a great summer on the UA Future Circuit,” said Coach Tucker.  “The kid has a very high ceiling.”

His 3.43 sprint time impressed.  Alex Hyder’s hands, height, and frame suggest growth is possible.  Look for Hyder to compete for a junior varsity role this year, his first in Reggie Tucker’s Cleveland High School program.

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