6'7 Jeremiah Bryant lists Cards among favorites
6'7 forward Jeremiah Bryant from Chicago Fenger High turned in a solid performance last week at ABCD. Bryant, a junior who teams with UofL prospect Clarence Holloway at Fenger, is an active performer on the court.
Bryant, who attended Coach Pitino's Individual Instruction Camp in June, played well in a head to head matchup against 6'11 Dwight Howard on Friday, posting 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots against the likely 2004 NBA lottery pick. For the week, Bryant averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 boards and 1.5 blocks per game.
Bryant is considered by some recruiting analysts as a top 100 prospect in the class of 2005. Clark Francis of the HoopScoop ranks Bryant #58 nationally and ChicagoHoops.com lists him the #3 prospect in the state of Illinois in the class of 2005.
Bryant is perhaps one of the top defenders nationally in his class. He's thin but wiry strong and has a huge wing span. He's very active and attacks the boards with relentlessness. He blocks shots and challenges even more. His versatility and athleticism allow him to defend the perimeter and he's rangy and strong enough to play in the paint. His offensive skills are still a work in progress, particularly his shooting and ball handling abilities but there's a big upside to his game.
Some say he isn't finished growing either. And the mid majors, schools like Wyoming and San Diego State, raved about Bryant's potential last week at ABCD. However, he's probably going to be a high major prospect before his recruitment ends.
Bryant enjoyed his week at ABCD and felt he benefit from playing against the top competition in camp.
"I played kind of weak and I could have played better," Bryant told ITV. "This game (against Howard) I brought my A game cause I knew the Hawks were coming with a great player."
Asked how he approaches defending a much taller interior player, Byant explained it is all about effort and intensity.
"The first thing I do is play aggressive," Bryant said. "I just try to play him real hard up front."
Byrant had a great experience at Louisville's camp last month and said he learned quite a bit while in town.
"My experience was great," Bryant said of the UofL camp. "They taught me alot of things and showed me how to come off picks, how to play hard and that's what I did here."
Bryant indicated he's primarily looking at three schools currently.
"I'm looking at Louisville, Auburn and Kentucky," Bryant said. "Rick Pitino, he's a great coach...he makes pros."