WEB EXTRA: Deal's 'clutch' play makes impression

Tom Batters
Tylon Deal (No. 4), pictured here with teammate David Anderson, is getting noticed this summer.

Tylon Deal.

Get used to hearing the name now. Deal, one of many talented underclassmen (along with TJ Cole, David Anderson and Aaron Davis, to name a few) on the Richwoods basketball team, gained a lot of attention last year as a sophomore, when he put together several solid games in the Mid-State 6 Conference. His air-tight defense and athletic scoring ability were not exactly a secret.

Now, Deal is getting attention outside of Peoria, which is no surprise. A recent posting on chicagohoops.com called Deal a "super-quick floor leader who makes solid decisions and does a nice job of controlling the tempo of the game. Deal is a strong and willing defensive player who takes pride in his ability to pick up and defend for 94 feet."

At the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Ohio this spring, Deal was "terrific." He led his team to the Silver Division Final Four and averaged 22 points per game. The web posting said, Deal was "money" in clutch situations at the Peoria Classic this spring.

The posting stated that Deal will be a "player to watch," and that his college recruiting stock is certain to rise.

So, this will not be the last you hear about Tylon Deal...

See the June 11 edition of the Peoria Times-Observer for an interview with Richwoods junior guard Jontell Lindsay, who is already looking forward to his senior year.