On The Rise

Arkansas will get a visit from Oak Hill Academy forward Glenn Bryant (6-7, 190), who has blocked over 200 shots this season and will play in the inaugural ESPN Rise National High School Invitational this weekend.

Odds seem pretty good that Oak Hill Academy's Glenn Bryant is going to block a few shots at this weekend's ESPN Rise National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Maryland.

When you have already swatted away 200-plus shots in 38 games, seems like chances are good the 6-7, 190-pound combo forward will get a few more.

"I've never seen anything like it," Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. "He has blocked over 200 shots this season and about half of those have been jump shots out on the perimeter. He's right handed, but blocks them all with his left hand. He just has perfect form doing it and it shocks a lot of players who are putting up jumpers. It is a gift he has and it is obviously a big weapon for us."

Bryant, a former Michigan high school star who is currently set to visit Arkansas on April 17-19, is averaging 11.1 points per game this season for the Warriors (38-0), ranked No. 1 by ESPN Rise and PrepNation.com.

"He is a high energy, hard-working 6-7, 190-pound guy with really great athletic ability," notes Smith, who was recently named the national coach of the year. "He plays the 3 and 4 for us, creates a lot of match-up problems and does a little bit of everything for us.

"He mainly scores facing the basket, is a driver and slasher and has really come along as a 3-pointer shooter," Smith said. "He was really raw when he first got here, just an athlete playing basketball, but has really become a complete player for us."

Bryant has already visited UAB officially, is scheduled to visit South Florida on April 10-12 and then come to Fayetteville the following week.

Although Temple and Marquette are still angling for a visit, Bryant has his list down to Arkansas, South Florida and Detroit.

"Those three are pretty much it," Smith said. "He did go visit Detroit and Michigan unofficially while he was home last week, but that is where he stands."

Bryant is just one of a plethora of stars on Oak Hill's team, including 6-9, 300-pound Oklahoma signee Keith Gallon, whose nickname is Tiny.

"We have a lot of stars that play well together and are all about the team," Smith said. "All of our starters are averaging between 10 and 16 points with Tiny scoring the most.

"We had four starters coming back after losing Brandon Jennings," Smith added. We were 34-4 last season and I don't think anybody thought we would be better this year, but all these guys have sacrificed their states for the team and we have really played well."

The tournament will feature eight teams with all games televised on the ESPN family of networks.

Oak Hill joins #2 Findlay Prep (30-0), #5 St. Benedict's (23-2), #8 Montrose Christian (20-2), #28 St. Frances Academy (31-3), # 40 Friends' Central (28-2), Mountain State Academy (23-6) and Pinewood Prep (29-5).

"We open with Pinewood Prep on Friday (at 1 p.m. on ESPNU) and if we are fortunate to win we would then face the winner of Baltimore St. Francis and St. Benedict (Saturday at noon on ESPN2)," Smith said.

That would potentially set up a showdown of unbeatens on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 between Oak Hill and Findley Prep, who is the top-ranked team in the USA Today poll.

"That's the one everybody is looking for, but we have a lot of work to do before making it happen," Smith said. "It would be fun for all of us if it comes off."


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