Already we have further insight into who Tyrell Ward is prioritizing within his top schools.
On Friday the 6-foot-7 class of 2022 small forward from Maryland released his top eight programs, a list that included Indiana. Based on a Monday report by Colby Giacubeno of 247Sports’ Maryland site, Ward wants to visit four schools: Xavier, Indiana, LSU and Maryland. He said specific dates have not been established for those four visits.
Ward is entering his senior year and only has five official visits available this summer — so it was clear that his top eight list would need to be scaled back relatively soon. Two of the eight that he didn’t name as schools he intends to visit — Georgetown and Virginia Tech — are relatively close to the Maryland product, so he could take unofficial visits to each if he so chooses. The difference between official and unofficial visits primarily relates to who bears the cost of the visit.
It has been speculated Ward might be leaning towards Virginia Tech, but this latest development puts that into question. His former high school coach at DeMatha, Mike Jones, recently took an assistant coach position at Virginia Tech.
Ward was a weekend standout at the Southern Jam Fest. There 247Sports’ national analyst Dushawn London reported on what he liked about Ward’s game.
“The New World (AAU) and Dematha Catholic G/F played with the ball in his hands a lot, scoring from all three levels while really locking in on the defensive side of the ball,” London wrote. “Ward has long arms which helps him get into the passing lanes and be disruptive.”
Ward told Giacubeno that he wants to have the recruiting process completed prior to his senior season at DeMatha. He said his decision will be based on where he fits best and the relationships he’s able to build with staffs.
A 4-star prospect, Ward is ranked the No. 52 overall player in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite.
them dark times bring the stars out 💯⭐️ pic.twitter.com/xYTeJolKi6
— rell 🦍 (@daraghson_) April 30, 2021
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