By Trystan Rushia @trystanrushia
There’s a new big man on campus, and his name is Jordan Tyson.
Tyson, a 6’10, 225-pound forward from Columbus, Ohio, made his college debut against Dartmouth Sat., Nov. 15.
Before coming to St. Bonaventure, he graduated from high school in Ohio. Instead of going to college right out of school, Tyson spent a year at Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia.
Tyson has had ups and downs transitioning from high school to college basketball.
“I want to do my best and try to make the most out of every moment,” said Tyson. His extra year playing at Fishburne helped him immensely with the change. He gained 15 pounds and became a more disciplined player on the court.
Being the second tallest guy on the team and the essential backup for Youssou Ndoye, Tyson feels no added pressure on him. He thinks that being the backup is actually a good thing, because he can watch Ndoye to help develop his skills once he takes over after Ndoye graduates.
“He’s an all-league big man,” said Tyson on current big man, Ndoye. “Next year it’ll be my time to step up just like he is right now.”
Ndoye has taught Tyson many things to becoming a big man at the college level. Personally, Tyson likes Ndoye’s mentality and competiveness for basketball.
“There are not a lot of big men that work as hard as he does,” said Tyson.
Being a big man, Tyson has the assets of any other usual forward or center; he is tall, athletic, and knows his way underneath the hoop, but that is not all he brings for the Bonnies.
“I bring my competitive fire, a lot of passion, hunger, and desire,” said Tyson.
Expectations for Tyson may be small this year but next year he will have to be ready with Ndoye’s departure.
“For the team, I want us to play as hard as we can for 40 minutes, and do the best as we can. The same goes for me.”
Always with a smile on his face, he got right back to practicing free throws and preparing for Saturday’s game, a win over Dartmouth.