Hometown: Colonial Heights, VA
School: Thomas Dale High School
No question about it, Brad Byerson has the "look". Physically, Byerson is a strong, legitimate 6-8 230 physical specimen you would think could contribute from day one. The amazing thing about Brad Byerson is he could easily add 20-25 pounds to his somewhat lean frame. Byerson attends Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA. Byerson averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists per game last season.
We anticipated seeing a one-dimensional power player, but, Byerson is anything but that. Byerson runs the court extremely well and appears to be very comfortable on the perimeter while displaying a decent mid-range jumper with good passing skills. Byerson has demonstrated non-selfish attitude and looked to get others involved in every game we've watched.
There has been natural assumption among WVU fans that Coach Beilein and his staff would go hard after Richmond area recruits. While WVU is recruiting Byerson, he said Syracuse has shown the most interest in him so far from the Big East.
"From the SEC I'm hearing from Kentucky, from the ACC Georgia Tech and North Carolina and from the Big East Syracuse, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Probably Dayton (Atlantic 10) is the most aggressive of all the schools so far. I'm wide open at this point, I just want to take my time and evaluate everything about each school. I'm definitely interested in West Virginia. I'm familiar with Coach Beilein when he was at Richmond."
"I just want to go where I feel the most comfortable. Right now I plan on majoring in Architectural Engineering."
Byerson's summer play will probably end with his participation in the ABCD Basketball Camp. "I need to go to work this summer, to pay for my truck. So, I will probably skip the rest of the summer events." Byerson has played with the Squires AAU squad in the past.
The name game heats up. WVU continues to be mentioned with several swingmen-type players. The latest include Reggie Harwell (6-6 190) from Richmond Heights, Ohio, Franklin Young (6-5 205) from Tallahassee, Florida and Bobby Nash (6-6 195) from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Two players that WVU isn't heavily involved with now, but would seem to fit the Beilein system are Demetrius Johnson (6-5 175) from Cleveland, Ohio and Andrew Francis (6-7 190) from Houston, Texas. Both players appear to fit perfectly the type of perimeter oriented players WVU is pursuing.
Jamon Gordon (6-3 180) combo guard had a very rough game. Gordon got off to an 0-10 start in the 2nd quarter and was 1-5 in his other brief stint. Ouch, to say the least!