Brison Gresham Performs at Houston Nike EYBL

HOUSTON — Already holding more than a dozen scholarship offers, Class of 2016 forward Brison Gresham added to his list after playing last weekend for Elfrid Payton Elite on the Houston stop of the Nike EYBL.

Since returning from Houston, the 6-foot-8 Gresham from McDonogh 35 High in New Orleans has received offers from the new coaching staffs at Florida, Mississippi State and Texas.

“I look at it as another reason for me to develop my game and work on my craft,” Gresham told the Cajun Redzone Tuesday night. “Coach (Mike) White just got the job at Florida after being at LA Tech and he offered after we chatted for a while. Mississippi State hired a good coach (Ben Howland) and the school is by New Orleans, so it would be easy for me to get back and forth.

“The new Texas coach (Shaka Smart) wants to get up and down the floor a lot and that really fits my style of play.”

Gresham — recently rated by ESPN as a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 47 player in his class — previously reported offers from Cincinnati, Tulsa, Memphis, Tulane, UMass, Boston College, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southeastern Louisiana, LA Tech, Oral Roberts, Houston, UTEP, Temple and Louisiana.

According to Gresham, a few of those schools stand out right now.

“I’d say Mississippi State, UMass and Cincinnati are coming after me the hardest,” he said. “They’re calling every day and texting me to check up on how I’m doing.”

Gresham also had good things to say about the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“They’ve been after me pretty hard,” he said. “I’ve been to a couple of their practices and I think it’s a pretty good program for bigs. They’ve shown they can develop their bigs.”

As a junior Gresham was Class 4A all-state honorable mention and made the | The Times-Picayune New Orleans All-Metro Large Schools Team after averaging 14.8 points per game. He teamed with 2016 four-star guard DeJon Jarreau to lead McDonogh 35 to the Class 4A state semifinals.

Gresham leads E.P. Elite — which includes Jarreau — in blocked shots per game (2.0) and field goal percentage (.629), is second in rebounds per game (6.8) and sixth in points per game (7.9). He is sixth in the EYBL in blocks, 14th in field goal percentage and 18th in total rebounds (81). In Saturday’s win over Spiece Indy Heat he had 11 points and eight rebounds.

“College coaches say I run the floor very well,” Gresham said. “I’m also long and can stretch the floor a little bit and play great defense. I’ve got a high motor and I’m a defender who can block shots and protect the rim.”

For now, Gresham is likely to commit and sign in November.

“I’m definitely looking for a school that runs pick-and-roll a lot and plays a lot in transition,” he said. “I want it to be away from home but not too far so I can get home around Christmas and Thanksgiving.”

Gresham has yet to schedule any official college visits but plans to take some trips in June. Don’t be surprised if he and Jarreau end up as college teammates.

“We’ve been playing together for three years now and definitely want to go to the same school,” Gresham said. “We’re like a battery: A plus and a minus. We’ve got to be with each other.”

His immediate focus is on helping E.P. Elite advance to EYBL Peach Jam (July 15-19 in North Augusta, South Carolina) and bringing a state championship home to McDonogh 35.

“I definitely want to get to Peach Jam and see my high school win its first state basketball trophy,” he said. “I also think I have a chance to be one of the top players in the country if I work hard and put my mind to it.”

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