It may be early for 2015 prospects to start committing, but their recruitment is still very busy. One of the most hyped prospects in that class is Thomas Bryant, a power forward from Rochester (NY). Being so close to Syracuse, it's natural that they would be involved. In fact, the Orange recently held an Elite Camp with a lot of top prospects. Bryant was one of those who attended, and he discussed his experience with CuseNation.com.
"It was a great camp," he explained. "I just learned a lot, being able to learn a lot of things to where I can get my game way better than it is. There's always room for improvement. I just want to strive to be the best and that's what I'm trying to do."
Bryant says the Syracuse coaching staff focused on working with the prospects on different drills and improving their games. He said, they didn't talk to him about his recruitment at all, and he respects that.
"We worked on creating contact and absorbing the contact when it comes to you and still be able to go up with the shot," Bryant described. "Conditioning too. How to get your body where it has to be when basketball season starts.
"I worked with Gerry McNamara, Mike Hopkins, and Jim Boeheim talked to us a little bit," he continued. "It was pretty fun. We had all the coaches from Syracuse. It was just strictly working, no recruiting."
Being so early in the process, Bryant is wide open. Even with Syracuse, a program he knows well being so close and from whom he holds an offer, he's weighing his options.
"I don't really know," the 6-foot-9 forward declared. "I'm considering all colleges right now. I'm open to all of them. I'm wide open right now."
Distance from home is not one of the factors that is important to him in his decision. Academics, he says, are the most important.
"It could be far away, it could be close, it could be medium," Bryant said. "Whatever school is willing to offer me and give me a great scholarship opportunity would be great. The most important factors would be academics first, then basketball. I'm planning on majoring in sports science."
Currently ranked as the top power-forward in the class of 2015, Bryant says those type of accolades are a blessing.
"It just shows me that all my hard work is paying off," the Bishop Kearney product reflected. "I just have to keep going with my hard work. Keep going and get my hard work done to be the best. That's what I'm striving for, to be the best. That's why I play the game."