A Q&A With Johnny O'Bryant

Class of 2011 member Johnny O'Bryant (6-8, 236) of Cleveland (MS) East Side High School and AAU powerhouse Jackson Tigers is currently ranked the 9th best player, 3rd best power forward, in the nation in the latest Scout.com class of 2011 rankings. I caught up with him Wednesday night and he talked about his overall game and where his recruitments stands.

How have you improve your game since the summer?
Johnny O'Bryant - "My offensive game has improved a lot. I think that anybody who has watched me play (this season) has seen that I have improved my jump shot, knocked down a lot of threes my high school season."

Why improve your jump shot?
"I wanted to be like an inside/outside (offensive) forward."

What would you say is the best part of your game right now?
"I think being a leader and giving energy to my team and rebounding."

How have you improved defensively?
"My post defense has gotten better. I've gotten quicker so I can stay with smaller players, too."

You've gained 16 pounds since early summer. You were extremely athletic when I saw you in the summer. Did the added weight affect your athleticism?
"No, not at all. It's not fat, it's solid weight."

Scout.com has you listed as a power forward. What position are college coaches recruiting you for?
"A lot of people have told me the three, four and the five."

What do you prefer?
"The three and four."

What schools have offered you scholarships?
"There are a lot."

Are we talking about 10, 20 or 30?
"Probably about 25."

Have you narrowed your list of schools down yet?
"No sir. I'm still looking at everything, trying to go through the recruiting process."

Have you unofficially visited any colleges?
"Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State."

On your visit, what did you learn about each school?
"At Alabama I liked how we got to see how the coaches interacted with the players. (Head) Coach (Anthony) Grant is a great coach. I like the way he coaches and the way his players respond to him.

"LSU, I liked their attitude. Everybody just kept playing through it.

"(Ole Miss Head) Coach (Andy) Kennedy is a great coach. The players listen to him and seem to like the coaches a lot.

"It's pretty much the same thing with Mississippi State. I think they have a lot of talent. They played with some of the top teams and were hard to handle. Their coaches know how to push their players and recruit good talent."

Do you have any colleges high on your recruiting list?
"No, everybody is even."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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