Bryce Webster Commits to the Big Ten

Bryce Webster, a 6-9, 255-pound senior center from Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy, has committed to Minnesota, according to St. Thomas assistant coach Tony Yazbeck. Webster is considered one of the top big men in the state of Minnesota and attended the NBA Players Association Camp and the Nike All-American Camp for the second straight year.

Bryce Webster was considering Boston College, Marquette, Minnesota and Notre Dame. He had planned official visits to Minnesota Sept. 9, along with Casey Crawford, and Boston College Sept. 16.

Webster was named 2005 Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro first-team, as he averaged 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this past season. Webster scored 27 points for the Cadets, but it was not enough as they fell to Richfield 70-69 in the Class 3A, Section 3 championship game. The Cadets finished the season 16-12. However, they are expected to be one of the top Class AAA programs in the state as they also return starting seniors Nate Birr and David Hicks and junior Jared Gray. Darius Redd, another starter, is expected to transfer to a school in Waterloo, Iowa.

Webster is the first commitment for Minnesota for the 2006-07 season.

Webster had a hectic summer, as he played for the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team at the Nike Peach Jam and Kansas City/Price Chopper. He previously played at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, the NBA Players Association camp in Richmond and the Gopher basketball camp All-Star game.

Webster played for the USA White team in the U.S. Developmental Festival in San Diego, where he averaged 4.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 12.2 minutes per contest. The White team won the Festival, defeating USA Blue 107-85 in the championship game.

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