Posted On: 12/3/19 7:12 AM

John Carroll has hit the ground running in the early goings of the 2019-20 season by starting 4-0. Over the weekend, they picked up a quality win over Good Counsel in the Charm City Classic and followed up with a win at Gerstell Academy last night

One of the consistent themes has been the scoring from guard Tyson Commander. Commander hit the scene last season and quickly proved he was a natural scorer to the entire MIAA as a freshman. Last season was a learning experience not only for Commander, but the entire Patriots team. With a youthful roster comprised of over a handful of underclassmen who played the bulk of the minutes, they took their losses in a large number.

The goal was to grow and prepare for future success. That hard work is paying off quicker than expected with guys like Commander still being underclassmen, but they have the valuable experience that not many sophomores and juniors do.

“This whole off-season we’ve been working every day in the gym to get better,” Commander said after dropping 27 points in a win over St. John’s Catholic Prep. “We don’t want to have another season like last season was, we’re just gonna keep working and keep moving forward.”

The Patriots’ offensive system is suited to Commander’s game: uptempo and freedom to shoot the long ball. As a team, when they’re connecting on their three’s early, John Carroll will be a tough team to fend off.

Commander is a big piece to the puzzle not only because of the range on his jumper, but the threat he can be from all three levels. The 6-foot-2 guard does a nice job of baiting his defender with pump fakes and getting into the paint where he can utilize his soft touch and improved athleticism to finish.

One part of Commander’s game he feels he needs to improve on is his vision once he drives. If Commander can switch ti up as a scorer and play maker, his stock and value to his team increases drastically. 

In the first three games, Commander has posted scoring outings of 27, 16, 14 and 14 points respectively. If John Carroll continues this success along with Commander’s production, his list of offers that is comprised of Bryant and Mount St. Mary’s will grow quickly.