Cincinnati Basketball Signing Day Recap
The Bearcats added multiple high level signings today on the opening day of the signing day period.
On the Men's side, the Bearcats signed two forwards in Tyler Betsey and Tyler McKinley. Eveything you need to know about the two signees below:
Tyler Betsey (SF, 6-8, 185, Windsor, Conn. / St. Thomas More HS)
- Rated No. 40 nationally by 247Sports, top player in Connecticut
- Averaged 21 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior to earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors for Connecticut
- Cane Broome, a three-year standout for the Bearcats (2017-19), is one of his assistant coaches at St. Thomas More
- Has maintained a 4.0 GPA
- Active in study, kayaking and cooking clubs at St. Thomas More, as well as volunteering locally on behalf of a Christmas gift and food drive
- Held reported offers from Alabama, UConn, Duke, Kansas and TCU, among others
Tyler McKinley (PF, 6-9, 220, Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods HS)
- No. 1 player in Ohio for Class of 2024 when at Walnut Hills High School as a sophomore
- Rated No. 64 player nationally by 247Sports
- Played junior year at Link Year Prep Academy (Branson, Mo.) in 2022-23, helping the Lions to the GEICO Nationals title in Fort Myers, Fla., where he had 17 points and six rebounds
- Fourth Bearcat under Wes Miller to have played at Link Academy
- Set to begin his senior season at Winton Woods HS
- One of 35 players to participate in 2023 USA U19 Men's National Team Training Camp in Summer 2023
- Averaged 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game as a sophomore at Walnut Hills in 2021-22, earning Division I Honorable Mention All-State honors
- Held 16 reported offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Ohio State and Xavier
We had Tyler on the At Large Bid Bearcats pod a month ago to discuss his decision to commit to Cincinnati:
The last signing of the day came on the women's side as Katrina Merriweather and her staff announced the addition of 4* Duncanville (TX) point guard Chloe Mann.
Mann commited and chose the Bearcats yesterday over a final 3 that consisted of Cincinnati, Central Florida, and Seton Hall.
From Katrina Merriweather:
"Chloe is and will always be special as our first and only 2024 signee," said Merriweather. "She believes in our vision and exemplifies the toughness, defensive tenacity and skill set it takes to compete in the Big XII. Chloe's athleticism, relentless work ethic and passion for the game will allow her to impact our team immediately. We are thankful for the trust of her family and support system. We are thrilled to have them as a part of our Bearcat Family and Sisterhood."
James Parker of ELITEisEARNED NCAA Scouting Service had the following to say about Mann and her game:
"Mann is an explosive and dynamic guard known for her exceptional quickness and athleticism. Her ability to effortlessly penetrate to the rim and finish in traffic highlights her scoring ability around the basket. Not only can she create scoring opportunities for herself, but she also has the skill to set up her teammates for scoring chances. Mann's effectiveness in open space makes her a challenging player to guard one-on-one, often requiring help defense when she aggressively attacks the basket."
The Cincinnati women's program has always been a program with so much potential. Chloe Mann is an impactful addition that shows this staff can recruit at a high level and has the ability to build something special in Cincinnati.