Tyler is a solid center position prospect inside of the 2012 class. Standing at a height of 6’8, 255 lb, Tyler has a very wide body frame, which he uses effectively in the paint. Bergantino has a soft touch in the paint and can step out to 15 feet to knock down the open jumper to keep his post defenders honest. Athletically, Tyler throws it down with ease, which surprises many because of his frame. Defensively, he must get better laterally, but from a rebounding stand point, Bergantino is certainly ahead of the pack, using his body aggressively, showing he is not afraid to bang with any opponent.
Tyler is currently holding offers from Buffalo University, USF, and Ohio University, but we expect this list to continue to grow. On top of the schools who have offered him, Bergantino has a number of schools calling his number: Alabama, Georgia Southern, Auburn, and Clemson, just to name a few. Although Tyler is a much sought after junior recruit, only Georgia Southern has been down to see him this fall.
Bergantino averaged a solid double-double last year, with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but elevated his game to a new level with the start of the playoffs, averaging 21 points and 16 rebounds. With such impressive stats Bergantino was named Hernando County player of the year. Tyler led his high school team, Nature Coast High, to a whopping 29-4 record, making them a force to be reckoned with. Tyler also had a very impressive summer making his presence felt on the AAU circuit playing for Florida Elite 17U while only being 16 years old under Director Conrad Foss.
“To be honest I’m looking for a great relationship with the coaching staff. Someone that I can trust and someone who can trust me” states Tyler when asked the major factor in his future college decision. Bergantino has high hopes and a strong determination to lead his team to state this year, and with all last year’s starters returning, we would not put it past them to make a lot of noise in class 4A.