The University of Portland received some good news today, and it was made public with this tweet:
I've officially committed to the University of Portland! I'm excited about my future as a Pilot!
— D'Marques Tyson ひ (@splashgang_ques) April 2, 2014
That social media announcement came from D’Marques Tyson, a 6’6”, class of 2014 wing from Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Tyson is originally from Bothell, Wash., so his decision to start his college basketball career and continue his schooling in the Northwest is no surprise. He played with Washington State commit Tremaine Isabell at Lakeside High School his junior year, where the Lions were some missed free throws and a 3-point shot at the buzzer of winning a 3A state title in an instant classic type game. Despite the loss, Tyson had a quality 14 points on the biggest stage a high school basketball player can play on.
Aside from Portland, Tyson had offers from Seattle and Pacific, according to Verbal Commits. Several reports indicated that Tyson went on an official visit to Portland this weekend. Apparently that visit went well enough for Tyson to commit just days after. The 2014 guard received an offer from the Pilots on March 16, according to verbal commits.
When doing further research on Tyson, one thing popped up time and time again: his ability to shoot the ball. Tyson is reportedly a great shooter, and could be lethal in a Pilots backcourt already filled with great shooters. He could possibly assume the role of current Pilot Kevin Bailey down the road, as they have similar frames. The long and wiry guard’s shooting ability could make him a force to be reckoned with in the WCC, more so than Bailey.
Here’s a highlight tape of Tyson: