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2013-04-26 Tigers welcome Tyler Crater to 2013 recruiting class as newest member
Tyler Crater

Tigers welcome Tyler Crater to 2013 recruiting class as newest member

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball program and Head \Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their fourth member to the 2013 recruiting class. Tiger Basketball welcomes Tyler Crater, a 6-foot-3 guard from Hampshire, Ill. Crater played at Hampshire High School and finished a great prep career in March.

His high school career was highlighted by this year's selection by the Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches to the 3A/4A honorable mention all-state team. He was unanimously named Fox Valley First Team All-Conference and was named First Team All-Area by the Northwest Herald, Daily Herald and Courier News, in which he led in scoring.

Tyler also was a team captain and MVP as a senior, and finished his career at Hampshire as the second highest in career scoring with 1,023 points. He became the third player in Hampshire history to reach the 1,000 point mark.

As a senior, he averaged 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and shot 74.7 percent from the free-throw line, and finished with 58 made three-pointers. During his senior season, he scored 27 points, including an alley-oop dunk versus conference rival Woodstock, and had 25 points and 12 rebounds against Marengo.

He also led his team to a school best 23-6 record during his senior season. Hampshire finished as co-champions of Fox Valley Conference, their first such accomplishment. They also took third in the Strombom Holiday Tournament and Chuck Dayton Holiday Invitational. Following the season, Tyler was selected to play in the McHenry County Basketball Extravaganza All-Star Game. He won the three-point shootout, and was named the game MVP after scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Tyler also played for an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Rockford Elite, following his sophomore season. 

At Olivet, Crater will be asked to play the guard position.

Crater joins Abraham Barwegen (Vicksburg, Mich.)Ryan Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), and Troy Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) as part of the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.

While at Hampshire, Tyler also played football and baseball, and was a four-year varsity starter at catcher for the baseball team. He was named all-area and all-conference during his prep career.

He will continue his baseball career for the Tigers, playing for Head Coach Todd Reid.

Tyler finished high school with an overall 4.0 GPA and scored a 30 on his ACT, and was honored as an Illinois State Scholar. He and his family attend St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Church in Bensenville, Ill.