Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future
Thursday, April 28, 2004
By Thad Mumau
Stokes era talent haul
starts in frontcourt
Ricky Stokes and his staff have
landed their first prospect since taking over the basketball program at East
Carolina. He's 6-9 power forward Tyronne Beale, a junior college transfer
College of Maryland.
Beale, a bit thin at 200 pounds, will have two years of eligibility with
the Pirates. He re-unites with rising ECU senior power forward Mike Castro,
who also came to Greenville from Allegany.
"Tyronne is really excited about going to East Carolina," Allegany coach
Mike Baker said. "He is coming in with a new coaching staff and wants to be
a part of turning things around. He's hoping to
help build a basketball reputation for the school."
Beale averaged 22.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and nearly two blocked shots per
game for a team that went 22-8. He hit 63 percent of his field goal attempts
and sank 79 percent of his free throws. He threw in a career-high 37 points
in one game,
scored 36 and 31 points in a pair of other games and pulled down 18 rebounds in a
A product of Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll High School,
Beale arrived at Allegany College three years ago. But in his first week
there, he suffered a hip injury that required surgery and he did not
attend classes until the fall of 2003.
His freshman season, playing as a backup to Castro, he averaged about nine
points and six rebounds and really came on strong in the postseason. It was
a preview of things to come.
"Tyronne was a different player his first season," Baker explained. "Back
then, he was all back to the basket; he wasn't that good a shooter.
"He really worked on his jump shot, and this past season, he was a more
complete player. He handles the ball pretty well, and he can hit the
three-pointer (Beale was 1-for-1 behind the arc), but we just didn't have
him going out there in our offense.
"He can shoot from the outside, though, and he has a quick release. He can
also put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Now, he is a four
(power forward) who can face up. He could almost play the three. Tyronne is
very athletic. He jumps extremely well, he's quick and he can really run. He
was never beaten in our conditioning drills,
and he runs three miles in 18 minutes.
"Once he gets stronger, he will be even better," Baker said. "He is not
weak, and he gets after it in the weight room, but when he gets on the
weight program and starts eating at the training table at
East Carolina, he will get a lot bigger and stronger.
"Tyronne is quick enough to be a good defensive player. I wouldn't rate him
that now, but he can guard inside and outside players. He can go out on the
perimeter and guard a 6-6 or 6-7 player. He is a good shot blocker and
"His best post move is a turnaround jump shot, and he can hit it from all
over. He shot 63 percent from the floor for us, and most
of his shots were from 12-15 feet. His passing is just decent, but he is
an unselfish player. He will kick the ball out when he's double-teamed. Most
of the time, when he got the ball, he turned and scored."
Beale visited East Carolina April 16 and 17, and he liked everything about
the school and its hoops program.
"He loved the campus," Baker said, "and he liked all of the coaches. He met
with them individually, and they all told him the same thing. He felt very
comfortable with them. The way they talked with him
and presented the program really impressed him.
"Being able to go right in and play is a big thing for Tyronne. He is really
excited about getting to East Carolina and getting started."
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