McDonald's Spotlight: LeBryan Nash

CHICAGO -- He won the dunk contest, is in a huge position battle with Adonis Thomas, and has big plans for the future. That is what is going on with LeBryan Nash.

There is no doubt that one of the premier athletes in the entire country is LeBryan Nash. The small forward from Dallas had a spectacular senior season, and now is trying to keep it going at the McDonald's All-American Game.

At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Nash doesn't see many players who can match him physically and athletically. This week he gets to go up against Adonis Thomas every day in practice, and the two of them are making sure to defend their turf.

"It is real good to go against someone the same size and the same height," said Nash. "We go at each other so hard. We are two of the top small forwards in the country, so we are trying to prove who is the best."

While Nash is getting an exposure to a big athlete like Thomas during the McDonald's practices, it will also happen next year in the Big XII on a daily basis. Thomas will suit up for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and has big expectations.

"I think I bring a great scorer," said Nash of what he will bring to Stillwater. "We have a lot of shooters on the team, but they don't have people who can beat defenders off the dribble, and I think I can play that role and open up those shooters."

While he isn't the same type of player as former Cowboy James Anderson, Nash hopes to have the same impact on the team.

"I think I am one of the best scorers in our class," said Nash. "I am sure I will take a lot of shots at Oklahoma State and make sure they are good shots and not forced shots. I am expecting to get a lot of wins as a Cowboy."

Also Nash hopes to bring energy to the Big XII in the form of highlight reel dunks. He already showed off those hops by winning the slam dunk competition, and that is something that Nash really prides himself on.

"Dunking is a big part of my game," said Nash. "I just try to throw it down with authority to show people that I am in the building. The judges just liked how powerful they were and gave me good scores."

He isn't there yet, but there is no doubt that Nash has big plans for his career in Stillwater.


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