2014 Hoops Commit: forward Grant Bryant

Kell High School (Marietta, Ga.) forward Grant Bryant talks about his commitment to ECU this weekend.

On the same weekend East Carolina opened its state-of-the-art basketball facility, the Smith-Williams Center, Jeff Lebo and his staff landed two commits.

Kell High School (Marietta, Ga.) forward Grant Bryant was the latter of the two pledges when he announced his decision on Twitter page Sunday afternoon.

Similar to the recently-departed Maurice Kemp, Bryant (6-foot-6 inch, 185 pounds) provides versatility in the front court and can score in many different ways.

"I can do a lot of things; drive to the basket, take the ball and defend it in the post," said Bryant. "I'm still working on developing into a consistent three-point shooter, but I can make a 3 if I'm open."

Bryant has been in touch with three-star point guard Lance Tejada, who made his official visit on Saturday before committing to the Pirates. Before Tejada's visit, both players discussed the idea of playing together in college.

"We were talking about it and how we both wanted to come here and play together," said Bryant. "It just felt right for the both of us."

Bryant attended a summer camp at ECU in June and credits assistant coach Ken Potosnak in large-part for his recruitment. As for players on the roster, he mentioned knowing sophomore forward Marshall Guilmette, who is a native a nearby Kennesaw, Ga.

ECU's largest bargaining chips are the obvious ones; upgrading into the American Athletic Conference in 2014 and the new practice facility. It was so nice. 18 million dollars on a practice facility is something series," said Bryant of the Smith-Williams Center. "It honestly attracts attractive players and that's how you get better."

The Pirates had their most successful season in school history by winning the program's first ever postseason tournament (CIT), while tying a school-best 23 wins (23-12). Bryant admits that the amount of televised exposure the school received played a factor for him seriously considering ECU. Not only for basketball, but on the gridiron as well.

"They were on Sportscenter twice when I saw," said Bryant. "Mostly it was football. I saw them on TV a couple times playing football."

It will remain to be seen if ECU can continue to build off of its recent momentum on the recruiting trail. Though, one thing is for certain. In a state that is ruled by the titans of the ACC, the Pirates have compiled some pieces that make what they have to offer more appealing than ever before.


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