About Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton is a unique point guard prospect whose elite size, decision-making ability, and defensive potential stood out during his two seasons at Iowa State. A late bloomer who had few major offers until the summer before his senior year at Oshkosh North High School (WI), Haliburton earned state player of the year honors before emerging as an unexpected starter for a talented Cyclones team whose other four starters all subsequently went pro. Though he averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game, the way he impacted games raised his profile high enough to warrant a spot on the United States team that won gold at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Stepping back into a far different role as a sophomore under Head Coach Steve Prohm than the one he filled as a freshman, Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game as a sophomore before a nagging wrist injury ended his season in mid-February.
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- Standing 6-foot-5 with a lanky frame that is still filling out and a 6-foot-7.5 wingspan, Haliburton has terrific size for a point guard to go along with impressive quickness.
- An intelligent, competitive player, Haliburton had to take on significant scoring responsibilities this season after ranking among the more efficient passers in the country last season. An unselfish, talented distributor who keeps the ball moving, Haliburton is also a capable set shooter, selective slasher, and tremendous finisher in the open court.
- Bringing energy and instincts to the defensive end, Haliburton is pesky in the passing lanes and engaged off the ball. Covering a lot of ground, chipping in on the glass, and making some very heady plays, his ability to get stronger could unlock his defensive potential.
- Possessing good length, nice lateral quickness, and a skinny frame that has filled out some over the last couple years, Haliburton has nice tools for the defensive end. He is a competitive player who stuffs the stat sheet and does a lot of little things helping outside of his responsibilities when his teammates make mistakes, picking up full court, and showing great timing cracking down for blocks.
- Active both with and without the ball, Haliburton allowed 0.50 points per isolation possession [84th percentile] last season doing a nice job applying pressure. His ability to get stronger is a point of interest, but there is a lot to like about what he accomplished on the defensive end over his two seasons at the college level.
- 2019-20 All-Big 12 Second Team selection despite playing only half the conference schedule due to injury.
- Finished career with the second-highest assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0 to 1) and third-highest three-point field goal percentage (42.6) in Iowa State history.
- Ranked second in the country and led the Big 12 with a 4.46-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman in 2018-19.
- Helped USA Basketball win the gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U-19 Basketball World Cup in Greece.
- Appeared in 22 games before sustaining a season-ending broken wrist vs. Kansas State on Feb. 8.
- At the time of the injury, ranked sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.2 ppg), first in assists (6.5 apg), steals (2.45 spg) and minutes (36.7 mpg), and 13th in rebounding (5.9 rpg).
- Posted a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. TCU (Jan. 24).
- Played every minute in 10 games, two shy of the school record for complete games.
- Led the Big 12 with three 10-assist games.
- Has great size and vision at the point.
- Fluid athlete with top-notch body control.
- Efficient, poised and plays with great pace.
- Reliable shooter when his feet are set.
- 2019-20 Academic All-Big 12 First-Team honoree.
- Cousin Eddie Jones played 14 seasons in the NBA and was a three-time All-Star.
“He is a guy that makes the right basketball plays – all the time. He makes guys around him better. And he is very skilled himself.”
- Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger