Matthew Mitchell not shy about praising talented freshman Tatyana Wyatt


One of coach Matthew Mitchell’s newcomers this year will be 6-3 Tatyana Wyatt of Columbus, Ga. She was ranked 63rd in the recruiting class and was also a volleyball standout who played on a state championship team.

She averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. She finished her prep career with 1,992 points and 762 rebounds. She also hit a 124 3-pointers.

“She has got tremendous talent and skills at 6-3. She was a fantastic outside hitter on their volleyball team which gives you a little idea of her explosive jumping and leaping,” Mitchell said.

“She hit a 3 at the buzzer to win the state championship for her team. She is a big-time player. She is inside-outside. She probably has the most refined inside-outside skills of a kid we have signed.”

Even for Mitchell, that’s a big statement.

“Most times we have to develop one or the other — and we will still have to develop her — but she has a great combination of inside-outside skills already,” Mitchell said. “She is physical and can finish.”

She picked Kentucky over Georgetown, Vanderbilt and North Carolina.


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