Bryce Webster Might Sit Out Upcoming Season

Bryce Webster, a 6-9, 240-pound sophomore center from Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy, might sit out the upcoming season. Webster spoke exclusively with GoldenSports.Net Saturday during the Tubby Smith team camp. Webster averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Gophers as they finished 9-22 this season.

Bryce Webster shot 41.9% from the field and 64.3% from the line. He started seven of 28 games last year and averaged 9.3 minutes per game.

In hindsight, Webster would likely have been better served redshirting season and working on his strength and acclimating himself as a freshman.

Webster was considered the top big man in the state of Minnesota as a senior and attended the NBA Players Association Camp and the Nike All-American Camp for two straight years.

Webster was considering Boston College, Marquette, Minnesota and Notre Dame before committing to Minnesota in August of 2005.

Webster was named to the 2005 and 2006 Associated Press All-State First Team and was the 2006 Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. He led his team to the 2006 State Tournament and was named to the 2005 and 2006 Star Tribune All-Metro First Team. Webster was chosen to the All-Classic Suburban Conference First Team in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Webster averaged 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a senior and 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds as a junior. He averaged 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as a sophomore.

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

Webster talked to GoldenSports.Net earler today.

"I just want to focus on school," he said.

Webster said that he will remain on scholarship. He admitted that he had not played basketball in two weeks.

Howard Pulley founder Rene Pulley spoke with Webster Saturday about sticking it out with the basketball team and Webster said that he would think about it.

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