“I chose LSU because I felt the most comfortable in that school and I feel as though the coaching staff’s plan for me was the best opportunity I had,” Ward said to On3.
Ward, a 6-foot-7 small forward, ultimately chose the Tigers over Georgetown and Virginia Tech. He joins four-star PF Jalen Reed, who also announced his commitment to LSU just days ago. Also committed to the Tigers for the 2022 class is unranked PF Corneilous Williams, Murray State transfers Justice Hill and Trae Hannibal, NC State transfer Cam Hayes, and Mississippi State transfer Derek Fountain.
Ward was previously committed to Xavier, where he was the program’s third highest-ranked recruit in the modern recruiting era. The DMV native decided to reopen his recruitment after former head coach Travis Steele and Xavier mutually agreed to part ways.
The Georgetown Hoyas were considered the heavy favorite heading into Ward’s announcement, considering Ward is from Washington, D.C., and attends national prep powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, less than 10 miles away from the Georgetown campus.
Another strong contender for Ward was Virginia Tech. His current high school teammate, four-star SG Rodney Rice is signed with the Hokies. Not to mention, Virginia Tech’s associate head coach, Mike Jones, used to be Ward’s head basketball coach at DeMatha.
“Explosive, downhill wing. Tyrell Ward has good length and positional size. Over his last year, he has developed a lot as a shot creator. Good in the mid-range, has good footwork off the bounce. Confident. Has touch, especially in the mid-range. He will need to continue putting on strength. The jump shot from three can be streaky. Is a quiet person by nature, but he plays with a passion.” – Jamie Shaw, On3’s National Recruiting Analyst