“Looking at it right now, coach has put the pieces together and we’re doing what we are supposed to do. We’re here and we’re going to try to win this tournament.’’
For Tisdale’s accomplishments this season, he averaged 22.8 points and 12.4 rebounds a game in conference action, he was named the Region 24 Player of the Year.
“I was very surprised,’’ he said. “I had put in a lot of work during the summer and during the preseason, but I didn’t expect anything like this.’’
So, how did is happen?
“It was a combination of confidence and trust,’’ he said. “Coach trusted me and I trusted him. As things have happened this year, I’ve just gotten a lot of confidence in myself and it continues to build.’’
Tisdale wasn’t a highly recruited player out of Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
“I think I had one offer from an (NCAA) Division II school and few other junior colleges,’’ he said. “I had a friend that was going to John Wood during my senior year, James Lane, he kind of talked me into going threre.
“There was something about getting away from Missouri and I really liked Coach Hoyt.’’
It’s turned into a pretty good decision, but you are going to have to watch and listen closely to see just how good it’s been for Tisdale.