We’re back with our Thurday’s Trail column and today we examine Hypesouth Hoop alumni Bryson Wooten, Collin Tarver, and Tony Card. The class of 2020 trio have been steady producers at the school ball level and on the independent travel circuit and are starting to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We caught up with the three sensational seniors and discussed Pro-Hypesouth Connection’s impact on their recruitments.
Wooten, a three year varsity starter at Jones County (GA) High School is off to an impressive senior campaign. The 6-foot-3 guard is currently averaging 12.7 points, 3.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game. Wooten credits new head coach Buck Harris and the Pro-Hypesouth Connection for his early season success.
“This year my role has changed a lot. Coach gives me more freedom to create for myself as well as generate opportunities for my teammates. The difference this year is coach Harris’ emphasis on we>me. He stresses to the fullest to put the team before yourself and everyone has bought in and responding great to it.”
“My thoughts on the Pro-Hypesouth Connection are that they’re a group of hard working guys who put their all into providing a platform for underrated players to be recruited athletically and help provide an opportunity to earn a free education. This program has truly boosted my recruitment tremendously and I owe a lot to these unselfish guys.”
Since joining the Pro-Hypesouth Connection, Wooten has taken a visit to Edward Waters College and earned his first official offer [Columbia State]. He has also heard from schools like Tuskegee, Kentucky Christian, Georgia College, Tusculum, and Cleveland State.
Offers: Columbia State
After leading Howard (GA) High School to a GHSA Sweet 16 appearance last year, Tarver is off to a sizzling hot 2019-20 season averaging 24.6 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2.7 rebounds per game. The 6-foot sparkplug’s name is starting to circulate around the state and in coaching circles, so we fully expect offers to start pouring in very soon.
“I think the Pro-Hypesouth Connection is going to help with my recruitment because of the college connections it has as well as the exposure it’s going to bring. It has helped a lot of under-recruited girls and boys from the area get athletic scholarships and ultimately earn degrees.”
Several college coaches have become intrigued and are keeping close tabs following Tarver’s recent 35-point outburst at the Hypesouth Hardwood Invitational. Coaches looking for a guard that can put the ball in the hole at a high-clip, play fast, and above the rim might want to sniff around here.
Card, a 2018-19 GHSA All-State performer had a breakout junior year and is looking to duplicate that effort in his final season. The 6-foot-2 senior has been a key piece for Central-Macon (GA) High School over the past couple years and a handful of lower level schools have taken notice.
“Pro-Hypesouth Connection helped my recruitment takeoff. I’m receiving a lot of looks that I was not getting before. I think it is an overall good program.”
After joining the program, Maryville College extended an offer. Card has also visited Allen University and Point University.