Junior to Watch: Rashaun Bryant

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman talks with a potential 2003 Carolina post target.

Rashaun Bryant hasn't really had much time to devote to opening his mail in between helping his family with a house addition and shuttling off to AAU tournaments over the weekend.

The 6-8, 265-pound junior from Rome Coosa High (Ga.) is difficult to move once he gets the ball in the paint. He's got a nice jump hook, soft hands and is working on improving his jumping ability and stamina.

Bryant has decent footwork, is a strong rebounder and has a game that has been compared to former Michigan standout and current NBA power forward Robert "Tractor" Traylor.

His game is advanced enough that South Carolina has already offered a scholarship and he also had in-school visits from Charlotte, Western Kentucky and North Carolina assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum in the last couple of weeks.

It's unclear how interested the Tar Heels staff is at this point and it's likely they will continue to evaluate Bryant throughout the summer.

Bryant averaged 15 points, 10 boards and five blocks last season and will play for the Georgia Stars again this summer.

"I'm probably going to wait until after the summer and maybe the beginning of school," Bryant said. "I haven't really narrowed it down yet."

Bryant also said that Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska are all involved.

"South Carolina and Alabama are the two most active," he said. "South Carolina offered, but I told them that I'm still thinking."

Bryant, who is called "Baby Shaq," said that education will play a factor in his choice.

"I'm not just going for sports," he added. "I gotta get my books, too."

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