Lone Peak senior Tyler Haws, one of the most recruited boys basketball players in state history, has spent numerous days and nights rooting for the BYU Cougars at the Marriott Center.
He'll soon change roles, as he'll be one of the guys soaking in the cheers from the Cougars' faithful.
Haws ended his intense and tiring recruitment by numerous universities on Wednesday by making an oral commitment to play at BYU and for coach Dave Rose. He will follow in the footsteps of his father, Marty, who starred at the school from 1986-90.
"I've always been a BYU fan," Haws said. "My dad still has ties there, and I'd always go to the football and basketball games. I love the atmosphere. I feel like I can do really well there."
Haws, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is excited to be a Cougar and relieved that the recruiting process is over for him. He said the subject is the only thing people have wanted to talk to him about in recent months. He had offers from Stanford, Utah, Pepperdine and NCAA Tournament darling Davidson. He could have gotten an Ivy League education at Harvard, and schools such as Marquette and Wake Forest showed some interest in him.
He narrowed his choices to BYU and Stanford before picking BYU.
Haws said he was looking for three things in a school: a quality coaching staff, strong academics and a style of play that would fit his strengths. He found all three at BYU.
"I felt like BYU met everything I wanted, and I'll have opportunities to succeed," Haws said. "It's the right place for me. I'm excited. I'm ready to help BYU any way I can."Haws can now play his senior year without the pressure of making a collegiate choice weighing him down. He has already put together a stellar high school career, leading Lone Peak to two straight 5A championships. He earned the Deseret News Mr. Basketball award as a junior after averaging 21.2 points per game. He was named the Deseret News 5A MVP following a sophomore season in which he averaged 19.1 points per game.