With the early signing period wrapped up, the focus now turns to the remaining prospects who are still available in the 2015 class. As a four-star center and one of the best players in the country, there is plenty of interest in New York native Thomas Bryant and he’s cut his list to three schools, according to Jerry Meyer of 24/7Sports.
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Bryant has trimmed his list to Indiana, Missouri and Syracuse, according to Meyer, and he’ll sign in the spring, which is common for elite players who have options. But it appears that list may not be concrete, as Bryant went to Kentucky for a game on Friday night with some Huntington Prep teammates. Bryant sat behind the Kentucky bench during the Wildcats’ home win against Boston, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
A native of Rochester, NY, Bryant is regarded as the No. 36 overall player in Rivals‘ 2015 rankings. The high-motored Bryant is a big and physical front court presence who works the glass and is particularly effective on putbacks. Bryant has already taken official visits to Syracuse in September and Missouri in October and this will be an intriguing recruitment to monitor.
While the Orange are the perceived local favorite due to his New York roots, Bryant’s former head coach at Huntington Prep, Rob Fulford, was hired as an assistant coach at Missouri this summer and already has a strong relationship with a player that he already had to recruit once before.
Don’t count out Indiana, though, as the Hoosiers need big bodies and Bryant could be attracted to playing time, as well. And Kentucky adding themselves into the mix almost always makes for another intriguing element as head coach John Calipari has been known to get things done with big-time recruits before.
In 17 games in the Nike EYBL this past spring and summer, Bryant averaged 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on 58 percent shooting from the field while playing with Team Scan.