Western Kentucky first laid their eyes on Bryan Narcisse at the Peach Jam Invitational. After watching him play well in the event, the Hilltoppers followed up with the 6-7, 190-pound forward and eventually gained a commitment.
"I decided to go with Western Kentucky," Narcisse, who is a standout at North Augusta (S.C.) High, said. "The overall situation just seemed to work out."
"When I went for my official visit I met the coaches, saw the campus and got to hang out with the team. After the weekend was over it almost felt as if I was already apart of the team. I kind of just built up a friendship with those guys and I felt going somewhere else just wouldn't feel right."
Neill Berry, who is a first year assistant at Western Kentucky, was the coach that spotted him playing with Peach Jam Select. Over the course of two months the two built quite a bond.
"It's actually kind of funny because we really joke around a lot," Narcisse said. "He kept telling me that I'd look real good in red and I was just kind of taking it for what it was worth. Anytime he would see me wearing red, and when he came down to visit and my friends were wearing red, he would say it was a sign."
Although Coach Berry played a role in the decision, head coach Darrin Horn sealed the commitment. Horn's vision and ability to develop players hit home with Narcisse.
"I really think he's the guy that will do everything within his power to help me reach the potential that he sees in me," Narcisse said. "I don't doubt for a second that he will be able to do that."
At the Peach Jam Invitation, Narcisse played with a lot of energy and used his athleticism to snag rebounds, block shots and get to the basket. He said he'll be called upon to do all the above at WKU.
"I'm going to give it my all," Narcisse claimed. "Every minute I'm on the floor, I'm going to be busting my butt and just try to make my family and everybody that's helped me along the way proud."
"He said I might be playing a little bit of [small forward and power forward]," he continued. "I'll probably be playing a little bit more on the wing and maybe down low in a smaller lineup."