According to a post on Yogi Ferrell’s Twitter account and several other reports, former Park Tudor guard Paul Bayt intends to transfer to Indiana from Manhattan and walk-on. The 6-foot-4 guard did not get any playing time at Manhattan this season.
UPDATE: Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling confirmed that Bayt has transferred to Indiana. He is now staying on campus, Schilling said, and actually participated in practice today.
“He really just wanted to get back home,” Schilling said. “It’s all fallen into place. It’s a dream come true for him.”
Schilling said Bayt was somewhat homesick in general and became more so because two of the assistants that recruited him left the program, and because of a particularly brutal experience with Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast at the end of October. Schilling said Bayt had to be moved into an overflow dorm after the storm and was without phone service for a significant period. The team couldn’t practice in its own facility and had to pack up in a van and drive to to high school gyms to practice.
Schilling said that both of Bayt’s parents went to Indiana. He close friends with Yogi Ferrell and other members of Park Tudor’s state championship teams also attend Indiana as students.
Schilling said Bayt, a straight-A student in high school could bring value to the Hoosiers as a practice player and as a shooter.
“One thing he can really do is shoot the basketball,” Schilling said. “As a walk-on player, he can simulate some of the great shooting guards Indiana is going to have to play against. … More than anything else, he can be that designated shooter who can spread the defense.”