Late Monday night, the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks locked up their first commit from the 2013 recruiting class.
After making an official visit to UNCW two weekends ago, followed by a visit to Kent State last week, the Tyler Ptacek and his family gave a verbal commitment to coach Buzz Peterson, giving the UNCW Seahawks the shooter they were looking for.
The 6-2, 185 pound guard from Padua Franciscan HS was very high up on the Seahawks’ radar.
According to Tyler’s father, Jim Ptacek, Peterson and associate head coach, Jamie Kachmarik, were extremely persistent in their recruitment of his son as they “called every day”.
Reportedly, the Ptacek family was very interested in warm weather school, but also a school that would give Tyler the best athletic and academic opportunities.
Besides UNCW and Kent State, Ptacek also received offers from Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Furman and High Point. Cleveland State and Davidson also showed interest in the versatile guard.
Ptacek saw most of his action at shooting guard in high school and while playing AAU for the Ohio Basketball Club. He’s excelled on the wing and showing regular comfort shooting from 25-27 feet. But, Ptacek can also run the point. In a game for Padua, Ptacek put up a 42-point game while running the offense.
The Ohio native will add 3-point shooting to a UNCW roster that was desperate for one. Currently, the Seahawks are relatively unproven at G, only featuring one true veteran on the roster in 6-2 junior Tanner Milson. There will probably be opportunities for Ptacek to contribute for the Seahawks right away next season.
Ptacek and his family will officially announce his decision on October 1st at a press conference at his high school.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for the Arena Pulse at Rant Sports. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.