October 14, 2013

Thomas Bryant -- Motor Man

One of the best young post prospects at the USA Basketball mini-camp was Thomas Bryant, a PF from the class of 2015. Bryant, who stands 6-9 and has an insanely long 7-5 wingspan showed scouts plenty of quickness, explosion and some developing skills on the block.

His most noticeable trait that caught the eyes on everyone in attendance, however, was his incredibly high energy level and motor that he brought. And he brought it in every drill. Every game. Every practice. Every minute.

Simply put, he plays with super human energy.

"Yeah, my big thing is the motor," he told TarHeelIllustrated.com in an exclusive interview.

"When I'm surrounded by talented players, like we have here, all of us can score and do a lot of things. But intensity, effort and being into the game with a passion that you love the game just separates you. And I think that's what separates me from everyone else."

Well said. And he's right.

Bryant, who is originally from Rochester, NY has now transferred to Huntington Prep (WV) where he will play under the coaching of Rob Fulford, one of the nation's top up-and-coming guys in the industry. He says that he still represents his home city of Rochester, despite the move to face better competition, to ready himself for the next level.

"I will always represent Rochester when I play, no matter where I go," said Bryant. "I take pride in that."

On the recruiting front, Bryant says that he's seen a lot of college coaches checking him out in open gyms.

"Seton Hall, Syracuse, Providence and West Virginia," he said when asked who he has noticed on the sidelines so far this season."

He has been on the radar with UNC as well.

"I have a couple of letters of interest from them and that's about it. I did at first last year, and now it's been some letters here and there, that's it," he said of the Tar Heels recruitment of him.

"I am interested in them, if they were to pick it up," he added.

The high energy post says that he's getting interest from across the board when it comes to being a national recruit. He claims offers and strong interest from programs in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and some west coast schools.

There are certainly more skilled guys in the class of 2015. He doesn't have the skilled scoring moves down yet and prefers to hammer his man with his body to get closer to the basket. He still needs footwork refinement, a lot of repetition with jump-hooks and face up shots and he'll have to watch being in foul trouble at times because of his intensity. But his energy level, passion and work ethic was unmatched in the USA mini-camp.

He's says that two of his classmates were the toughest two guys for him to guard over the weekend.

"The toughest guys would be Diamond Stone and Ivan Rabb," he noted. "Rabb because he has a high motor like me and Stone because he just gets you sealed with that big body of his and he can use
both hands. He's just got those big shoulders."

We're quite sure that Rabb and Stone found Bryant difficult as well with his incredible motor, relentless will and basketball passion.

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