Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Thomas Bryant to Visit Kentucky as Cats Begin Recruitment
Thomas Bryant will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky Friday for their game against Boston University, Huntington Prep coach Arkell Bruce confirmed to SNY.tv.
The Wildcats are now recruiting Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man, who has already visited Syracuse, Missouri and Indiana (twice). Bryant’s teammate, 2016 guard Miles Bridges, will also make the trip, he told SNY.tv. Kobi Simmons, a 2016 point guard from Georgia, also Tweeted he will visit Kentucky this weekend.
In addition to signing 6-10 face-up big man Skal Labissiere last week, Kentucky is already involved for numerous late-signing 2015 big men, including Stephen Zimmerman, Ivan Rabb, Carlton Bragg, Cheick Diallo and Caleb Swanigan.
“His best days are ahead of him,” Bruce previously said of Bryan. “He just turned 17 a couple months ago, so he’s a young pup. Still figuring it out. Long, 7-foot-6 wingspan so he has the potential to make money at basketball one day. But he’s not going to rely on that because he’s a very smart kid.”
He added: “He needs to work on his core strength which we do with him. But he also needs to refine his post skills like all young big men. He’s shooting the ball way better, out to 23 feet. He’s shooting the 3 easy, mid-range, he’s really shooting the ball great. Finishing with both hands. But strength is the main thing [he has to work on], being able to absorb contact and finish.”
Bryant will sign in the spring.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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