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Basketball Recruiting

Ohio's Tyler McKinley a prospect to watch in 2024.

October 4, 2021

With the high school season approaching, I'll be taking a look at not only the rising senior or junior classes, but I’ll also be looking at the underclassmen. That includes the 2024 class, and Ohio has a very talented forward prospect who’s blooming right in their backyard.

Meet 2024’s, Tyler McKinley.

McKinley is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward who attends Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, OH. In his freshman campaign, he averaged 10.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game, helping lead Walnut Hills to a very nice 17-4 record over 21 regular-season contests. 

A member of All-Ohio Red’s 15U squad this season, McKinley does also have experience on the NIKE circuit and also played in the always popular, famous, Peach Jam event. 

With great defensive prowess, plus athleticism, and unlimited potential, high-major programs are beginning to show interest in McKinley and even extend scholarship offers. He has nailed offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, Xavier, Ohio, Miami (OH), and even the local Cincinnati Bearcats.

We chopped it up with the rising Walnut Hills sophomore to discuss his recruitment and this upcoming season with

Which schools would you say have made you a priority early on?

“Ohio State, Miami (OH),  Louisville, Cincinnati.”

And who would you say are some of the newer schools in the mix?

“South Carolina, Ohio University, West Virginia, Purdue.”

Discuss Ohio State and your thoughts on your recent unofficial visit?

“In my opinion, an all-around great program and It has great people all throughout the program. My unofficial went good and I had an amazing time with the players and staff this past weekend.”

Your first reaction to your offer from Bob Huggins and West Virginia?

“I was thankful and grateful. I was just in shock at the moment. I wasn’t expecting it.”

Your hometown school, Cincinnati?

“I love Cincinnati cause they're my home city and their coaching staff is great and new to the school and the city. Great people all-around.”

What’s new with Louisville?

“Nothing much, building on our bond. I plan on visiting probably sometime during the season. My relationship with Louisville has been great since the first time I met them back in June.”

Describe your game.

“I’m very versatile. I can pass, shoot, get to the rim, handle pressure, post up if needed. Anything coach asks me to do, I feel like I can do it.”

Sophomore year goals?

“To become a better player and leader. And to have a great season and get a state title.”

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