We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Omazeon Tinsley of Lancaster High School.
We’ve seen Tinsley grow throughout the years, including at our most recent South Carolina Top 80, where we stated, “Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on either end of the floor, Omazeon Tinsley. He’s a smart, lightning-quick point guard prospect that offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Tinsley is able to get downhill with relative ease, where he’s able to frequently highlight his vision or phenomenal pull-up jumper from midrange. He utilizes his quickness and sharp footwork nicely as an on-ball defender to mirror his assignment and force turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive game to the next level. Coach Robinson on Tinsley: “Omazeon is a very good shot creator. He does well in dribble-drive situations to set up himself and others. He can improve defensively but is quick enough to stay in front of guys. He sees the floor well and picks his spots well. He’s very crafty with his handle. Omazeon can improve on the long ball but shoots it very well in the midrange.” Tinsley seems to always prove the “heart over height” notion at camp and should be a primary option for Lancaster throughout the upcoming season”
Despite his lack of height, it’s easy to see what has made Tinsley such a reliable leader for Lancaster over these last three years. Even as a freshman, his IQ, mentality, and sheer production were all quite evident. Tinsley has only continued to further his game since then, but has maintained his overall foundation as a quick, scrappy two-way point guard. He’s exceptional in the open floor, both as a finisher and playmaker, but also does a great job of running a team in the half-court set. Tinsley displays toughness, unselfishness, and terrific craftiness when attacking the opposition. It’ll be interesting to see how the next year unfolds, as college coaches should start to pursue the floor general.