I could’ve talked to Tyler Lockett for another hour when I had him on the phone for an interview earlier this week. There were a dozen more things I would’ve liked to bounce off him, just to understand what shaped him, what his young life was like as the son of an NFL player, stuff like that.
Heck, I barely touched on basketball long enough to find out if he’ll play for Shea Seals’ defending 5A champs again next season — and the answer is, ‘yes.’
But as great as all that would’ve been for me, I’m sure an 18-year-old has better things to do in the middle of the summer. So we’ll come back to that other stuff another day.
Still, I came away with a lot of interesting stuff that wasn’t able to make it into Friday’s story about Lockett, No. 14 on our Super 30 list. Here are a few of the leftover nuggets from the Tulsa Washington star:
On Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who coached Tyler’s father, Kevin, and uncle, Aaron: “I wanted to play for a legendary coach. I think coach Snyder is a great coach, and I think he’ll get the Wildcats back to the top again.”
On new Tulsa Washington coach Darrell Hall: “He’s a very good coach. I believe he can lead us to a state championship. He brings a lot of discipline. He’s making the game mental for us. We have the athletes and the ability, but he’s putting the mental part in us.”
On why he would prefer to redshirt next season at K-State: “I want to get bigger. I want to learn the offensive and defensive systems, because I want to try to play both ways, and I want to know it all when I get my chance to get on the field. Also, I’ve been getting some college credits alread, and if I redshirt, it will be easier to focus on my first semester, and then I can have 24 hours completed when most of the other freshmen only have 12. I think that will be a good start for me.”
– Scott Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org