Early Look: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

Matthew Bryan-Amaning had to make an adjustment coming to South Kent after averaging 30 points per game last year for his club team in England. The sophomore forward has finally begun to come into his own, putting up arguably his best game of the season last weekend.

Loul Deng, Eric Boateng and … Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard much about Amaning just yet. He's just starting to gain confidence and become more of a go-to guy on a loaded South Kent (Conn.) team that also features Andray Blatche and Rob Thomas.

However, Amaning has stepped it up without Thomas in the lineup. He recently scored 18 points and grabbed 8 boards in a 87-79 victory against New Hampton (N.H.).

The 6-9, 215-pound sophomore, who came out of the same club program in England that produced Deng and Boateng, is still making the adjustment from averaging about 30 points a year ago in London to being more of a role guy putting up a half-dozen or so points for South Kent coach Raphael Chillious.

``He's really taking a liking to the weight room right now and it's starting to show on the court," Chillious said. "He's also getting a little done against Andray and Rob in practice so when he plays against other guys, he has a lot more confidence."

Right now, Amaning's game is about penetrating to the basket, following up teammates' misses and also being able to knock down the perimeter shot.

Versatility is the one word that describes the soft-spoken Englishmen best.

``I'm more of a role player here and I understand that at my age, I have to wait my turn," Amaning said. "Coach (Chillious) knows I'll be able to shine in the next couple of years."

Amaning turns 17 in May and he's still uncertain whether he'll play for his country this summer or spend the majority of his time playing AAU ball in the U.S. There's a good chance that he'll play at least some basketball in this country during the spring and summer – since he's already earned an invite to the Nike Camp.

He said that so far the likes of Purdue, Providence and Indiana have expressed interest. Chillious added UConn, Villanova and North Carolina to that list. Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams attended a recent game of South Kent's against the UNC JV squad.

Despite Deng attending Duke and Boateng headed to the Blue Devils, Amaning still plans to stay open-minded.

``I'm trying to keep it open," he said. "I want to find the place that's the best fit for me and the best program to fit my game."


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