Active Forward Has High D-1 Interest

Matthew Bryan-Amaning is an athletic forward who has plenty of interest in the Big East and ACC -- including the Deacs.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning recently pared his list to 10 schools, and the active/athletic 6-8, 225 pound junior power forward from the South Kent School in Connecticut is eager to see how things unfold this spring with his recruiting process.

Bryan-Amaning, who looked sharp in scoring 17 points for Cecil Kirk on Friday night at the 2006 Playaz Spring Fling, said he is considering Washington, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Texas, Connecticut, Duke, Villanova, Georgetown, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

"I've talked a lot with my parents and coach about the recruiting," he said. "I have offers from most of the schools, except UConn and Duke."

Bryan-Amaning said he especially likes Washington, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Texas and UConn, although he said that it's too early to name a leader just yet. He is keenly studying the programs on his list in an effort to identify the best fit for his style of play.

"I am going to watch tapes and see how they play," he said. "I am also going to look at what recruits they have coming in."

A native of Surrey, England, Bryan-Amaning just wrapped up his second year at South Kent, which is coached by Raphael Chillious. While the Cardinal program struggled through a 16-20 campaign in 2005-2006, Bryan-Amaning showed that he has the ability to play at the high major level.

That talent was apparent on Friday night at the Spring Fling, where Bryan-Amaning knocked down some perimeter shots and hit the offensive glass aggressively. He projects as a four man who can step out on the wing a bit. His 7-4 wingspan can be an imposing deterrent on the defensive end.

"Right now, I am working on the consistency of my outside shot," Bryan-Amaning said. "I want to improve my perimeter defense and be able to guard guys who are smaller than me out on the wing."

Bryan-Amaning plans to play with Anthony Lewis' Cecil Kirk program this spring and summer, and expects to attend the Nike All-American Camp in July. We will be keeping tabs on his play and recruitment throughout the spring and summer.

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