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

Cincinnati Bearcats forward Ody Oguama celebrates basket during game against Wichita State at Fifth Third Arena. The Enquirer.
Cincinnati Bearcats forward Ody Oguama celebrates basket during game against Wichita State at Fifth Third Arena. The Enquirer. /
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Cincinnati native and 2024 4-star center Tyler McKinley revealed his verbal commitment to the Bearcats and will get a chance to represent his hometown program!

Following an extensive recruitment, McKinley ultimately decided to verbally commit to Cincinnati over Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Xavier and others.

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

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

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

Due to his blend of defensive prowess and scoring ability, McKinley quickly caught the attention of scouts throughout his time at Walnut Hills High School.

McKinley continued to display intriguing potential at Link Academy last year including a 17-point performance in the Geico national championship game.

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

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

On3’s National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Shaw broke down McKinley’s impressive combination of athleticism and size in a recent scouting report!

"“Tyler McKinley is a strong-framed power forward. He is not afraid to mix it up and has an understanding of what his game is. While he is a below-the-rim defender, he understands angles and has good footwork and a motor. McKinley finishes well around the basket and knocks down his free throws. He plays with a lot of energy and does not shy away from contact. There is a throwback nature to his game, and while he is still developing the range on his jump shot, there are a lot of tools to carry into the highest level of the college game.”"

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