Bryant beginning to think visits

Thomas Bryant is beginning to think about official visits as he works hard to make the USA U-17 roster.

Five-star prospect Thomas Bryant battled injuries during the spring and summer, but has returned in July and looks no worse for the ware. The No. 23 prospect showed well for himself at USA Basketball, and is beginning to think official visits.

About the USA Basketball tryouts, Bryant said, “It is a blessing. Not many people get to do this, and I am taking full advantage of everything that is here. You just have to take it in, and do your best.”

After missing several months Bryant admits that he might not have his usual level of conditioning, but says that can’t be an excuse going forward in his attempt to make the team.

“I won’t let fatigue be a factor,” said Bryant. “I might be tired or exhausted, but I am still going to give 100 percent in my effort.”

Recruiting wise Bryant says he is beginning to think about his potential official visit destinations.

“I am still open,” noted Bryant. “I am just trying to get through this, and then when I am done with Team USA I am going to try and get to some colleges and get some visits done.”

Schools such as Missouri, North Carolina, Villanova, Syracuse, Ohio State, Indiana, West Virginia, and others are involved with Bryant.

Recently Missouri hired Bryant’s high school coach, Rob Fulford, to an assistant coach position, and that has the Tigers firmly in the mix.

“They stand tall on my list,” said Bryant. “Coach Rob is a great coach and I was sad to see him leave, but I know it is a decision he had to make. It definitely puts Missouri on my list as a school I am considering.”

The Syracuse Orange have been recruiting Bryant for a long time, and are located close to his native city of Rochester. Bryant says the Orange are definitely one of the schools in the mix for his pledge.

“I think I stand strong with the Orange,” said Bryant. “It is so close so I can go up there any time. I love how they play offense, and that 2-3 zone is something that is really tough to score on. Also they have already brought in a really good class.”

North Carolina has an offer out to Bryant, and he says he is interested in the traditional power.

“I just like everything about that program,” said Bryant of UNC. “I watched them growing up, and they let their players play multiple positions which I like.”

Bryant says he won’t focus on a decision until he makes his official visits. At that point he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

“I’m really going to look at the coaches and what they do with their bigs,” said Bryant. “Also I am taking a big look academics because basketball won’t be there forever.”

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