Each and every time he steps foot on the basketball court, Bryce Webster knows that people are watching his every move. High major coaches are studying the junior to see if he has the necessary skills in his 6-10 frame to help them win a national championship and fans are watching to see what the hype is all about.
Webster acknowledges the attention, but the 235 pounder from Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas is doing his best to keep his focus on the court and in the classroom.
“I’m trying to put all of that stuff off and focus on high school right now,” Webster told Phog.net. “Before there are some academic difficulties I just want to focus on school and put that other stuff off.”
That isn’t to say that Webster doesn’t have a working list of schools that he’s interested in and Arizona, Boston College, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Marquette and several others are very involved.
Watch him play and it isn’t hard to tell why. At 6-10 and 235 pounds, he’s got plenty of size and his frame will easily carry more muscle. Most of all, he is attractive because he already has soft touch, soft hands, is light on his feet and unlike most young big men he is capable of scoring over either shoulder.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product either. Webster can be a bit passive at time and still needs to get in better condition and add more strength but those are things he’s working on.
“I think I have more confidence, I think that’s the biggest thing,” said Webster. “I need to get in shape, I really am out of shape. I don’t run enough and I need that explosiveness to so I can finish more. I think I finish ok, but I can do better.”
According to Webster it is far too early in the recruiting process for him to have developed a leader. However, it is pretty obvious that Kansas is a school that he’ll have continued interest in.
“I like Kansas,” Webster. “I don’t really know what else I can say. They are definitely a great program, and they definitely use their big men.”