Tyon Grant-Foster Looks to Make Noise in the Big 12
Considered by many as the top JUCO prospect in the nation in the 2020 class - Tyon Grant Foster looks to be the next big name to don the Kansas Jayhawk uniform.
The 6’7 versatile wing is an excellent athlete that can play multiple positions and has a lot of polish in his game. He is smooth and will most likely make an instant impact with his offensive ability. As a sophomore, TGF averaged 16.5 points while shooting 48% from the field on a 30-3 Indian Hills CC team. He had a season high 35 points including 29 in the district title game against Dawson Community College. Tyon is terrific in transition where he displays his graceful athleticism, but also in the halfcourt where he showcases the ability to slash, pull up and shoot with range or simply create for others.
For Grant-Foster signing with Kansas, “felt right”. The Kansas City native grew up a Kansas fan and Ben McLemore was his favorite player. In an interview with Mark Gunnels, Tyon stated, “I felt like I could’ve had the same opportunities at other schools, but I just felt like it’d be better for me to go to KU because it’s home.” He indicated that he has often been compared to a bigger version of Shai Gilgeous Alexander and that Paul George was the player he modeled his game after as a youth. He mentioned he will be wearing No. 1 during the season to honor his late brother Domo who died last summer.
The Jayhawk coaching staff really believe they got a steal in the Indian Hills Community College product. Bill Self mentioned, “He is a 6-7, long, do-everything guard. He can get his own shot. You don’t have to run stuff for him. At the end of the clock he can go get a basket, get a shot off. He is one of those guys.” Additionally, Indian Hills coach Hank Plona stated, “He is a special player and has grown and improved as much as any two year kid we have ever had. I always thought he had the ability to develop into a very high level player, but I am happy that his focus, character, and hard work has made it happen this fast… I think the sky is the limit for him as a player.” Assistant coach Jerrence Howard was able to develop a great rapport with Grant Foster during the recruiting process and did an unbelievable job to cement his commitment.
Overall, I am looking forward to watching TGF suit up for Kansas. I think he is exactly what they need from a scoring standpoint and will be a welcomed addition to Jawhawk nation in what is a solid incoming freshman class. Also, I am very much looking forward to hopefully (if COVID doesn’t stop us) seeing a TGF vs Cade Cunningham match up possibly. Lets all hope there is a season in 2020-2021.