I have no idea as to whether the staff is following this kid, but it appears Tyler Linhardt had a heck of a visit to GU for one of the summer camps.

The Kings High School team -- Corey Kispert's h.s. alma mater -- attended the camp, and their coach described the rebuilding job he has for next fall: "We’re got some skilled guys, but we’re young,” [head coach] Skeen said. “Youth always has some challenges. But if you’re going to be young, you should be young and skilled.” That is an apt description of sophomore Tyler Linhardt, who made quite the impression during his freshman season. Linhardt was the lone freshman to earn first-team, all-league recognition.

Skeen noted that Linhardt, a 6-foot-7 forward, already has received a Division I offer from Eastern Washington, the first 2022 prospect in Washington to receive an offer. A highly regarded two-year school in Idaho that is viewed as a stepping stone to Division I ball also contacted Linhardt. “A lot of people are calling and watching,” Skeen said. “He’s definitely on the radar. He hasn’t started his sophomore year of school.”

An obvious comparison that arises is between King’s graduate Corey Kispert, now at Gonzaga, and Linhardt. Skeen said there are similarities and differences between the two. “But both are very skilled offensively. They do it a little bit differently,” Skeen said. “Corey’s a pure shooter. … Tyler’s game is score inside, score outside, score in the midrange. He’s just got a really aggressive mindset. He’s got a nose for putting the ball in the hole.”

During the Knights’ annual trip to Gonzaga, Linhardt turned heads after scoring 39 points against 4A Kamiak. Because of his overall impressive play at camp, Linhardt was selected to participate in a scrimmage with some of the Gonzaga players, including Kispert. “Two of the 10 players on the court were from King’s,” Skeen said. “It makes a coach proud.”

Linhardt spent the offseason working on what most young players his age work on – defense. “His rebounding has really improved a lot,” Skeen added. “He’s really strong on the boards.”

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