BY C.S. HOWARD
Tyson Christopher Ward recently signed on to continue his education at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. He is scheduled to join the Bisons this summer prior to the 2016-17 season. NDSU is ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country.
The 6’5” senior guard graduated from Tampa Prep High School this month. He helped to lead the Terrapins to an eighth straight region final this season, averaging a team high 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5 assists per game, guiding the Terrapins to a Class 3A-Region Final appearance. Known as a consistent player, he was instrumental in keeping the Terrapins in almost every game this season, scoring 31 points in the Region Final. He put together a performance to remember for a lifetime, dropping 31 points, including nine over the final four minutes as Tampa Prep nearly completed the comeback. He added two 3-pointers and then completed a three-point play with under one minute left to tie the game at 68.
Tyson also earned first team all-state recognition in Florida’s Class 3A this year, played in the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All Star games following the season, earning MVP honors. He was also named All-Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times, first team All-Hillsborough County by the Tampa Tribune and to the Class of 2016 All State fourth team by Prep Hoops Florida. Tyson earned offers from five other schools - Coastal Carolina, Belmont Abbey, Florida A&M, Charleston Southern, Missouri - Kansas City, but ultimately chose North Dakota State, a program that appeared in the NCAA Tournament the past two years and finished as the Summit League runner-up this season with a 20-13 record.
Tyson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Ward of Ruskin, Florida, and the grandson of Mr. and Raymond Ward of Tallevast.
His father, formerly of Tallevast, was a basketball standout himself at Southeast High School from 1986 to 1990.