O'Bryant Sets Lofty Goals

Johnny O'Bryant, a sophomore, ran with the Jackson Tigers at the Boo Williams Invitational and caused troubled for defenders throughout the three-day event.

Johnny O'Bryant has lofty expectations and goals for his high school career.

A standout at Cleveland (Miss.) East Side, O'Bryant went for 21 points and 15 rebounds per game this past. But the season didn't conclude the way the 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward desired, as they lost in the first round of the state tournament.

"It went all right," O'Bryant said of his sophomore season. "We had our ups and downs, but it was good. I'm just trying to work hard and trying to be the best."

Over the weekend in Hampton (Va.) at the Boo Williams Invitational, O'Bryant did his best and his best is promising. A potential top 10 type prospect, O'Bryant was aggressive on both ends and proved a tough match up for defenders.

"I'm just an all around post player that can do it all," O'Bryant said about his game.

On the defensive end, he'll swat shots and hit the glass. Offensively he's skilled enough to face up defenders and knock down jumpers. But he's also rugged and not afraid to muscle up in the paint for buckets.

"I'm just trying to be the number one recruit in my class and go to a high D-I school," the 2011 prospect told Scout.com.

There's no question that O'Bryant will likely end up at a high major school. He's got schools like Kentucky, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Baylor, Arkansas and North Carolina already trailing him hard.

"It's coming along well," he said of his recruitment. "I'm getting a bunch of schools that I've wanted [to recruit me]. I'm just going to try to keep improving and get more looks."

And if O'Bryant continues to progress, he'll undoubtedly achieve his goal of scoring more interest and then he can go after his ultimate objective.

"I'm trying to be a first round pick in the NBA draft."


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