Cincinnati Basketball: 2024 4-star center Tyler McKinley discusses commitment to hometown Bearcats

Cincinnati Bearcats players Kalu Ezikpe and Ody Oguama during game against Houston Cougars at Dickies Arena. USA Today.
Cincinnati Bearcats players Kalu Ezikpe and Ody Oguama during game against Houston Cougars at Dickies Arena. USA Today. /
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Cincinnati Bearcats commit and 2024 4-star center Tyler McKinley broke down his decision to join his hometown program in a recent interview with On3!

Due to his intriguing combination of defensive prowess and scoring ability, McKinley caught the attention of scouts during his time at Walnut Hills High School.

Heading into his senior year at Link Academy, McKinley is the highest rated recruit from Missouri and 10th ranked center in the country according to 247 Sports.

Make sure to stay tuned for the most recent recruiting rumors as the Bearcats coaching staff continues to build the 2024 class around McKinley.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats pick up commitment from 2024 4-star center Tyler McKinley

After an extensive recruitment, McKinley ultimately decided to verbally commit to Cincinnati over Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, Xavier and more.

McKinley continued to display impressive potential at Link Academy last season, highlighted by a 17-point performance in the Geico national championship game.

The Bearcats were able to bring in the rising prospect and McKinley’s verbal commitment should help attract more notable recruits in the coming months.

Cincinnati Basketball: 2024 4-star center Tyler McKinley discusses commitment to hometown Bearcats

McKinley discussed his recruiting process and decision to commit to the Bearcats in a recent interview with On3’s National Recruiting Expert Joe Tipton.

"“I felt it was a good thing for me to come back home. After going off to Link and now coming back to the people, I think it’s just good. Since the beginning of the recruiting process, I always felt like I was a priority. You could tell we had a bond. There is a lot of trust, not just with me, but with my family in general. I know we will be playing against the best of the best competition. I feel like Cincinnati is on the come up and will be really big in the next couple of years. I can invest in that and help them so they can help me.”"

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