Bryant Motoring Forward

Thomas Bryant, of Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney, has been regarded as one of the top players in the nation in the class of 2015 for a couple years now and has garnered some interest from North Carolina.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound post player has offers from quite a few major programs. "Ohio State, Florida, Syracuse, St. John's, Villanova, Georgetown," said Oswald Cross, the coach of Bryant's Team Scan 16s team. "I don't want to leave anyone out, but I know definitely those guys."

Cross noted that Bryant has yet to visit any schools and does not have any favorites right now. He went on to share how Bryant's recruitment is being approached.

"He's just got to get better. He's going to be able to go to pretty much whatever school he wants to go to," Cross said. "So, we just keep working with him, getting him better. (This month) we'll sit down and we'll start talking about some schools he's interested in, he'll watch them throughout the college season and then in the springtime he'll narrow it down a bit."

Cross also talked about how involved he is personally with Bryant's recruiting process.

"I'm involved along with his mother," Cross said. "At the end of the day, his mom and him are going to make the decision."

As for where things stand regarding North Carolina, Cross remarked, "They're interested. They haven't offered yet, but they're interested."

Cross went on to discuss whether the UNC staff has said what Bryant needs to do in order to gain an offer from the Tar Heels.

"We haven't spoken about that. I mean, I'm pretty sure that they will," Cross said. "We're not waiting on it or anything . . . They haven't said anything. They're just watching him. I'm sure they will."

The North Carolina style of play is one to which Cross said that he feels Bryant would "fit in perfectly."

Cross, who said the one word he would use to describe Bryant's game is "intense," shared what the big man's biggest strength is.

"His motor -- high motor, great motor," Cross said.

Of his chief weakness, Cross said, "Like any kid, got to get stronger [and play with his] back to the basket a little better."

Cross went on to discuss just what he feels Bryant – who averaged 10.0 points and 7.2 rebounds for USA Basketball's gold medal-winning U16 team at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship - brings to the table as a player at this point.

"Great teammate, great kid, great work ethic," Cross said. "He passes the ball very, very well and shoots the ball well."

As for where he thinks Bryant ranks amongst the top big men in America in the class of 2015, Cross said, "Definitely in the five, top seven big men in the country."

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