Tyrell Lynch Added To UMass Basketball Roster
Sept. 10, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Head coach Travis Ford has announced the addition of power forward Tyrell Lynch (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) to the men's basketball roster at the University of Massachusetts. The 6-9, 230-pound Lynch enrolled at UMass on Monday and is now eligible to begin classes as well as individual workouts with the team which started last Tuesday, Sept. 4. Lynch, who starred at Niagara Falls High School in New York, originally signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Auburn University, but did not enroll at the school. Lynch will be a walk-on with the Minutemen.
"We are thrilled to have a player as talented as Tyrell joining the UMass basketball family," said Ford, who led UMass to the Atlantic 10 co-regular season championship last year with a 24-9 record. "Tyrell is a terrific young man, who is a very skilled basketball player. He reminds me a lot of my former college teammate at Kentucky, Jamal Mashburn. Tyrell is a big man who can do a lot on the basketball court in terms of offense with a great shooting touch and defense with rebounding and blocked shots. I look forward to working with Tyrell every day as we seek to continue the successful rise of UMass basketball."
Lynch spent last season playing at the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina where he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds. In high school, Lynch was a leader on the Niagara Falls squad which won the 2005 New York State Class AA championship and played in the New York semifinals in 2006.
In 2005, the Wolverines went 28-1 on the way to the state title and a No. 1 national ranking according to several publications. USA Today ranked Niagara Falls No. 3 in its final poll of 2005. As a senior in 2006, Lynch was an All-New York State player averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots per game.
In his three seasons at Niagara Falls, his teams compiled an overall win-loss record of 83-7 for a 92.2 winning percentage, and state tournament finishes of first (2004-05), second (2003-04) and third (2005-06).
He played his AAU basketball with the GC Ballers for coach Jeff Bishop.