METUCHEN – St. Joseph High School basketball player Breein Tyree is officially a Runnin’ Rebel.
Tyree signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Mississippi on Wednesday at St. Joseph High School, surrounded by coaches, family, administration and friends.
“It feels amazing,” Tyree said of inking his letter. “It’s a big stress relief and now going into the season I’m just really worried about my game in basketball and not stressing about what school I’m going to be heading to.”
Tyree said he was deciding between Ole Miss, the Unviversity of Southern California, Kansas State and the University of Massachusetts.
“I was all over the country,” Tyree said. “(Ole Miss) just felt right, I went down to the campus and really clicked with the coaches when I was down there and I felt like that would be my home for the next four years. Coach (Andy) Kennedy has a lot of trust in his guards and I like when a coach has trust in me, a lot of offense runs through the guard spot and I really think I can excel in his style of play.”
Tyree averaged 18.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.3 steals per game as St. Joseph went 21-5 last season and fell to Union Catholic in the Non-Public South A quarterfinals. During the 2013-14 season, the Falcons finished 30-2 and won their first Tournament of Champions title.
“Breein’s really developed his game. When Breein came here as a sophomore he was more of just an athlete on the floor, a kid that could get to the rim, keep plays alive, hustle plays, a lock-down defender. Last year with everybody graduating and sort of leaving him, he had to take on a new role, sort of handle the ball, become a better outside shooter to now where his whole game has evolved,” St. Joseph coach David Turco said. “He really is a five-tool guy, he can do everything. He defends, he rebounds, he handles it, he shoots, he passes it. To see him come all the way as a sophomore and to see where he’s at now, just how far and how hard he’s worked is a tribute to his family as well.”
The basketball season begins Dec. 18 and Tyree will look to step up and lead the Falcons with fellow guard Tyus Battle, who is committed to Syracuse and will sign his letter of intent next Wednesday.
“I think we’re going to do big things this season,” Tyree said.
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