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Tyrese Talks: Haliburton knows when he'll make college decision

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Oshkosh North's Tyrese Haliburton is drawing interest from several Division I universities.

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- This summer is one of the most important for Oshkosh North's Tyrese Haliburton, who is among the top high school basketball players in the state.

The senior has received multiple offers from Division I schools, including Green Bay and Milwaukee, and said he wants his future decided before his senior season tips off.

"I want to make my decision before the season because I don't want the season to be all about Tyrese, Tyrese, Tyrese," Haliburton said. "I want it to be a team thing. Northern Iowa, Ohio are two of the top schools for me but they're all pretty close."

Haliburton thinks Green Bay fits his style of play.

"Coach (Linc) Darner does a great job," Haliburton said. "They play the right way. Their style of play fits me really well, plus it's close to home."

This summer the 6-5 point guard is playing league games with North and also for his AAU team. He knows he can't run his body into the ground, but he also knows he has to work to achieve his goal.

"I work out every day, maybe twice a day," Haliburton said. "If you're not working somebody else is."

Haliburton, who averaged 16 points per game last season, will play his final season with a new head coach as Frank Schade retired after a legendary career. Former assistant Brad Weber is replacing Schade and Haliburton is real comfortable with his new coach.

"He's my English teacher," Haliburton said. "He's a great guy. Perfect guy to follow Coach Schade's footsteps. I know he'll do great things."

Haliburton was the Fox Valley Association player of the year last season as he led the Spartans to 25 straight wins before losing to Stevens Point in a sectional final. Haliburton hopes for a rematch with Stevens Point, which is the defending state champ.

"We want to run into Stevens Point again," Haliburton said. "They took away our season."

That's down the road, though, for Haliburton, as first he's concentrating on this summer and hopefully making a college decision. He knows he's privileged to be in this position.

"I'm just so happy God blessed me to have the talent I do," Haliburton said. "I just work as hard as I can every day and hope that I can reach the highest level in basketball there is."

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