Tyler Polley is an elite student-athlete currently attending the Sagemont School in the metropolitan Fort Lauderdale area. Tyler is one of the most coveted high school forwards in the entire country, currently ranked the #83 player overall for the class of 2017 per Rivals. The 6’7 combo-forward is a lengthy and versatile player with the skill set to handle the ball on the perimeter, knock down perimeter jumpshots, and finish at the rim in electrifying fashion. There has been no shortage of suitors on the recruiting front, where Polley has become a priority to programs across the country seeking a prototype wing with a unique blend of size, skill, and athleticism that gives Tyler the potential to be an excellent two-way player at the next level. Best known for highlight reel dunks above the rim, Tyler is also an honor-roll student at Sagemont holding down a 3.2 GPA.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great weekend in Atlanta for EYBL Session 4, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for E1T1 as a team and for you individually?
TP: First off, I’d like to say thank you for doing this interview with me, I greatly appreciate it! And our season as a team is going great, I think we’re really starting to find a groove and have great momentum going into peach jam, we finished with a great record at 11-5 and 2nd in our division. I can’t wait to compete in peach jam and the rest of the summer with them. And for me individually, my season started out pretty rough, sustaining a sprained ankle the second game of session 1 and having to sit out and rehab my ankle until I was 100% healthy. I tried playing on it against Pro Skills, but couldn’t really contribute the way I wanted to. And the third session I couldn’t participate in because of a wedding that occurred in my family. So it was kind of a rough start for me but I think I caught people’s attention with my play in Atlanta and helped myself gain some momentum going into July.
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) May 30, 2016
Sagemont 6'8 2017 SF Tyler Polley is extremely smooth.Long frame. Great finisher. Solid mid-range jumper.High Major. pic.twitter.com/wmKwGUXMa8
— Lynden Ostrander (@lynden_o) April 2, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
TP: My game is like Paul George, a guy that can handle the rock and dribble the ball up the court and start the break on offense, can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, and is a solid rebounder and defender. I was once compared to George “the iceman” Gervin lol. My travel coach Reece told me that a Rivals scout compared my game to his and I was shocked, to even have my game have a little comparison with a Hall of Famer is a great honor and says a lot to my potential and how great I can be when I put in the hours in the gym and the weight room.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
TP: As much time as I can, almost everyday. Whether that be in the gym putting up a bunch of shots or working on my ball handling, or getting in the weight room. Since the summer started for me, I’ve literally been in the gym from 9-5 just putting up shots and working on my game trying to prepare for this upcoming July.
— Prep Circuit (@PrepCircuit) February 3, 2016
Sagemont forward Tyler Polley is intriguing. At 6-7, he appears to be a very good shooter. Had a 3, two mid-range J's & a floater.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) December 18, 2015
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
TP: I consider myself a student-athlete, not an athlete-student and have a pretty good GPA with a 3.2. My favorite subject is easily History. I think it’s pretty fascinating learning about the past and how the past created the future.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
TP: I plan to major in Sports Medicine as of now.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
TP: I love shoes, I’m like the definition of a sneaker head. I try to get every new release that comes out lol. Also, I love street wear clothes like Supreme, Bape, and some of Kanye’s clothes as well. I also like the “I feel like Pablo” shirts. Of course my favorite video game is NBA 2k and can give anybody the work in 2k lol. I love being with my family and see them every week and weekend when I don’t have to leave out of town for basketball. Also I love music, some of my favorite artists are J Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the rapper, logic, and big Sean.
#RMF Player Of The Game:
— Jesse Nadelman (@jessenadelman) January 6, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
TP: Tennessee, USC, Texas A&M, UCF, LSU, Temple, TCU, UAB
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
TP: Maryland, FSU, Xavier
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
TP: Tennessee, UAB, Maryland, Xavier, FSU, and TCU
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on right now?
TP: As of now I don’t really have a top list yet. I’m just going to wait until the end of July and the last live period to start narrowing down my list.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
TP: As of now, not yet. Haven’t made any plans to visit anywhere recently. Just going to wait until the end of July to figure that out.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
TP: Me and my family are looking for a school and system that best compliments and suits my game and where I can play right away. And most importantly, somewhere that can help me grow as a person and can help me become a better man for the future.
— HoopMIA (@Hoop_MIA) December 1, 2015
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
TP: Some personal goals of mine on the court is of course going to the NBA or playing professional ball over seas. Some of my off the court goals are being a business man and one day whether I make it to the league or not, is to open up my own shoe shop. Like an “Unknown” or a “Shoe palace” or a “Flight club”, something involved with shoes and clothing.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
TP: Some advice for the youth to succeed on the court is to put in work, work, work, work. Just put in hours in the gym and work on your game. Because what my travel coach always tells me is that when you’re laying in bed somebody else is working on their game getting better. And to trust in the Lord as well because through him all things are possible. And too succeed off the court, just be a humble person, and just be a nice person, and once again to trust in the Lord and once you do that you’ll have a very bright future in your hands.
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