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
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
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.