CNYCentral Athlete: J-D's Tyler Cavanaugh

It would be easy to get lost in the mix when future Orange star Dajuan Coleman plays on your team, but Tyler Cavanaugh makes himself noticed with his attitude and terrific play on the hardwood. The 6 foot 9 senior is getting ready for division one basketball himself next season as he prepares to play at Wake Forest. Both he and Coleman are working off each other, and the rest of the Red Rams, concentrating on earning a 5th straight State Championship.

"I just see myself as a versatile player inside and out, " says Cavanaugh, " just distributing the ball, and getting the ball to Dajuan in his spots and we have very good guards"

" H e's definitely made me into a better player, " admits Coleman, "he's a lot of weight off my shoulder. Having a player like him on my team is very nice."

" H e's all about winning, "says J-D head coach Bob McKenny, "it doesn't matter whether he scores or if ( D ajuan) scores, or Pete or somebody else, for him it's about getting the job done."

Tyler has been influenced greatly by his father John, who is also a former J-D star, and a 2-time All-American at Hamilton College.

"He's helped me a lot, he's never pushed me too much, but he's let me go off and helped me become self motivated. He's always been very helpful with coaches and the recruiting process because he knows a lot of people. It's just been so reat to have somebody who's been though it go along with you."

That motivation and guidance has worked well in getting Tyler where he needs to be according to his head coach, and should fare well for where he's going next.

"Physically he's turned himself into a College level basketball player, "says Mc K enny, "he's stonger (now), he jumps better, he's far more explosive, we've let him handle the ball this year a little bit against teams who press, so he really has a unique set of skills for a 6 foot 9 player."

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