RANDOLPH — Joined by his parents, grandparents, teammates, coaches and school administrators, Tyler Hind created a proud moment on where else, but the basketball court at Randolph Junior/Senior High School.
Hind, the Cardinals’ senior basketball star, signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday to play men’s hoops at Division II Daemen College in Buffalo. Hind verbally committed to Daemen over the summer, accepting a full scholarship offer. On Friday, he made it official.
“It's an incredible feeling,” he said. “When you say that you're going there, obviously anyone can say anything, but when you sign your name on the paper, it's real. It's just that real feeling.”
The signing also came with a sense of relief to finally set his plans.
“There was a relief when I got the offer even,” Hind noted. “But now that it's official and there's nothing really that can take it away from me, it's such a relief.”
Hind said he chose Daemen based on the success of its basketball program under coach Mike MacDonald and the small-school, tight-knit nature of its campus.
“They have a really good basketball program,” he said. “They're ranked in the nation right now in D-II and more importantly, the school, from what I've heard from everyone, is just awesome and everyone loves it there. It's a small, private school and I go to a small school, so I really like that personal connection that will be at the college.”
Of course, Hind still has one season left to play at Randolph, starting practice last week. The Cardinals have won sectional titles two out of the last three years under coach Kevin Hind, Tyler’s father.
“We've had a really good week of practice and we're looking really good,” Tyler Hind said. “We got five seniors and every one of them wants to win and we're intense and we're having good practices and working hard, so that's all we can ask.”
Hind said he’s been working to get even stronger, building on his frame with “as much muscle as I can.” He also hopes to continue leading to control games when necessary.
“Definitely trying to increase my playmaking and maybe some passes and decision making,” he said, “and as a senior, being able to control the game a little more and maybe slow things down when necessary and just be patient.”