2022 guard Tyson Commander plays with the grit, and guts of a senior enrolling in college next fall.
His game continues to impress, while his strong work ethic draws respect from college coaches nationwide.
As a sophomore, Commander finished his season on the All-MIAA All League A conference team, All-BCL first team, Baltimore Sun All Harford County first team, while also being a Sports Majors Player of the Year candidate.
“He just got in the gym in the offseason and worked real heavy,” his father Tim Commander said. “Then he grew an inch and gained about 16 pounds. He’s just bigger and stronger now.
After extensive off season work, Commander seems ready for the off-court attention that comes with being an extremely talented student-athlete at the high school level.
After following him for most of the season, the staff at Xavier finally made his scholarship offer official. Xavier became the first power five conference program to offer him a scholarship.
“It was kind of like a surprise. It was exciting,” his father said. “That was his first offer from a power five. It’s his fifth offer but that’s a big one, and it will probably open a lot of people’s eyes to him and put a lot of attention on him.”
Xavier joins Mount St. Mary’s, Bryant, Towson and Howard as the programs that have offered Commander a scholarship.
His skill set allows him to be versatile and play the one through three currently, but most college coaches are recruiting him to play both backcourt positions.
Most don’t really have a preference on where to put him, they just want the ball in his hands in critical situation because they know he’ll make a play.
“When coaches see him play, they all say the same thing: ‘I love his game and it looks like he’s about to tear heads off,'” his father said. “From last year to this year, our main thing was…we wanted him to concentrate on defense. He can shoot anywhere on the court, he can score on all levels, but we really wanted him to make it known that he’s a lockdown defender and he was able to do that.”
Commander will be playing for Team Melo (MD) on the 16U Nike EYBL circuit this summer. The same program that he helped get to the Nike Peach Jam Finals last year.
This time around, you’ll get a bigger, faster version of Commander with a lot to prove. Not only has he made his presence felt on the defensive end, but he’s been working on a lot of shooting and ball handling drills with his father.
He’ll be ready for all the smoke this summer and the offers that will come to him following his performance on the circuit.