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Thomas Bryant Adds Kentucky Offer, Watches UK Practice (UPDATED)
Huntington (W.V.) Prep center Thomas Bryant has added a scholarship offer from Kentucky, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The 6-foot-10 Bryant recently visited Kentucky unofficially and picked up the offer at that time, Roberts reported. Meantime, Wildcats head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne watched Bryant go for 16 points Friday night when Huntington Prep beat Burlington (N.J.) Life Center, 74-54, at the Bluegrass Showcase.
“You see guys like that — you absolutely want to play your best game,” Bryant said of Calipari and Payne.
According to Roberts, Bryant and his teammates, including 2016 small forward Miles Bridges, then watched Kentucky practice on Saturday. Bryant may then take an official to the school as well.
Bryant is also considering Syracuse, Indiana and Missouri, although his mother recently said Syracuse was his favorite.
She also said she didn’t think Kentucky was “right for her son,” but Bryant seems interested.
“I’ve been watching them,” he said. “By far, they’re the most talented team that I’ve seen in a long time. Their way of playing is just great. Everybody that comes there just wants to win. When you have that much talent, you’re a force to be reckoned with.”
Kentucky has offered a slew of late-signing big men, including Stephen Zimmerman, Ivan Rabb, Carlton Bragg, Cheick Diallo and Caleb Swanigan, whom Calipari also watched Friday.
“The visits were great,” Bryant told the Herald-Leader. “But, really, I’m just going to have to sit down and figure out what’s the right fit for me. … Just do some soul searching.”
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