Nature Coast's Tyler Bergantino adds offer from Georgia Southern

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Tue. January 11, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Nature Coast's Tyler Bergantino adds offer from Georgia Southern

Nature Coast junior center Tyler Bergantino added to his scholarship count when Georgia Southern informed Sharks' coach David Pisarcik over the weekend that it was offering the 6-foot-9 big man.

Bergantino now holds scholarship offers from Division I-A programs USF, Ohio University, Buffalo and Georgia Southern. He said that of all the schools recruiting him, Georgia Southern is "by far" pursuing the hardest, although he added Virginia Tech, which has yet to extend an offer, has been in heavy contact as well.

"Georgia Southern's been keeping in touch with me a lot," Bergantino said.

Through his team's first 15 games, Bergantino is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 11.9 rebounds a game. He's also the leading shot blocker on the North Suncoast with 5.5 rejections a game.

Last season, following a sophomore campaign where he averaged 14.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 blocks a game to lead Nature Coast to the Class 4A region finals, Bergantino was named the Times' all-North Suncoast player of the year.

With 848 points for his Nature Coast career, Bergantino is looking to become the first player in Sharks' history to eclipse the 1,000-point milestone.

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