Class of 2024 top-25 wing Tyler Betsey arrived in Bloomington on Wednesday evening for a junior year official visit.
Below are the key things to know about Betsey during his three-day stay at Indiana.
Status — OFFERED (September, 2022)
Class – 2024
Hometown – Windsor, Conn.
School – St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)
Position – Small forward
Height – 6-foot-8
Weight – 195
AAU – New York Renaissance (Nike EYBL)
On3 Industry Average Ranking – 4-star (No. 23 overall in nation, No. 10 small forward), consensus top-50
Top Schools — Betsey has not named a list of top schools, but Indiana’s primary competition appears to be UConn, Alabama, Creighton and LSU. Other schools such as Duke and Kentucky have shown interest.
Other visits — Betsey has said he intends to take official visits to UConn, IU, Alabama, Creighton and LSU. He has already taken one to UConn, and he’s at Indiana now. He visited UConn multiple times, and Betsey has also already visited Memphis and Rutgers.
Timeline — Betsey has told multiple outlets he’d like to commit by October, but he’s not firm with that.
Indiana Connections — IU assistant coach Yasir Rosemond is the lead recruiter for Betsey and his AAU teammate on the New York Renaissance, Dylan Harper. That program also produced former IU guard Devonte Green.
Pedigree — Betsey would be the first college athlete in his immediate family.
The Numbers — Named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, Betsey averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game and was a First Team All-NEPSAC selection in Class AAA. On the Nike EYBL this spring, Betsey is averaging 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. He’s shooting 39 percent from the field overall, 35.1 percent from three, and 86.2 percent from the line.
RECENT NATIONAL RECRUITING UPDATES:
“He can probably play the two, three or four based on your system,” Cross told The Daily Hoosier.
“He’s a very cerebral kid, very high I.Q. He’s able to guard smaller guys. He was guarding point guards this summer.”
“He’s a sniper,” Cross said. “You can’t find me five better shooters at his size in the country.”
“Tyler Betsey has excellent length and a projectable frame. He is a smooth shooter with a quick release and deep range. At 6-foot-8, he is a threat off the catch, with outstanding balance and a high, repeatable release. He uses his length in the passing lanes with natural instincts, getting a lot of deflections. Betsey is a good athlete.
“He needs to continue to develop off the bounce, creating for himself, but he plays efficiently in the half-court. Strength will be a big thing for him moving forward, but he is developing into the three-and-d type of prospect that is so valuable in today’s game.”
“I think this year I look a little bit more comfortable with the ball in my hands than I did last year,” he said. “I’m starting to hit more shots and get better every session.”
“I want to improve my on ball defense, and staying engaged the whole defensive possession by finishing it with a rebound. I also want to stay shot ready wherever I am.”
“I saw what they did with Jalen Hood-Schifino. They created a plan for him; they stuck to the plan and didn’t listen to what people on the outside were saying. A lot of people were saying he wasn’t a one-and-done when the season started, and they developed him into a first-round pick. Coach (Mike) Woodson was a player, and he coached in the NBA. He could help me get there.”
“When I go on these visits, I want to get a feel for the school as a student. I know I’m going to play a lot of basketball, but honestly, I’m going to be a student more than I’m a basketball player in college, so I want to go get the feel around campus and see how people treat you. I want to go around and see what the college town is all about and how the teachers are.
“With basketball, I want to see how my relationship is with the staff. Make sure they are people I can go to with stuff when I’m away from home. It is going to be really important to have that foundation with them. I’d like to have the ball in my hands a little bit as a freshman, nothing crazy. Get up and down, shoot threes, and take open shots. And then a program that plays to my strength on defense, lots of versatility and switching.”
On his work ethic and demeanor, via his high school coach:
“Tyler is an unbelievable worker,” said St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn in the Gatorade Player of the Year release. “His improvement has catapulted him to the pinnacle of recruitment and he’s accomplished this with modesty. You wouldn’t know his capabilities by his demeanor.”
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— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 19, 2022
Tyler Betsey is improving at a rapid rate alongside the Prep GOAT at @StThomasMoreBB and owns one of the highest ceilings in the 2024 Class📈👀
— Mike Yagmin (@MikeYagmin) November 19, 2022
Tyler Betsey, who is coming off an unofficial visit to Memphis, was a big riser in the updated 2024 national rankings as we saw him start to add new weapons to his arsenal this season.
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— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) March 7, 2023
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