Five-star recruit Thomas Bryant may be closer to his decision.
According to 247sports.com’s Jerry Meyer, Bryant appears to be leaning towards committing to the Orange. This reports comes nearly a week after the consensus was that Bryant would head west to Missouri and Head Coach Kim Anderson.
When the Missouri Tigers hired Bryant’s high school coach from Huntington (W.V.) Prep as an assistant, the 6’10” forward was expected to join him at Mizzou, but that doesn’t appear to be the case as of right now.
Bryant has received offers from top schools such as Florida, Indiana, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, and Villanova, according to ESPN’s Recruiting Nation. He also has offers from Seton Hall and West Virginia, on top of Syracuse and Missouri..
The Rochester native is a member Class of 2015, and the second best recruit from New York. According to 247Sports.com, Bryant has Indiana and Missouri as the two schools on his list behind Syracuse.
Bryant’s top interest in Syracuse makes sense, especially since he is from Rochester, which is only about 90 minutes west.
Bryant choosing Syracuse makes Jim Boeheim’s recruiting class for 2015 one of his best classes ever. He already thinks he has a top class, but Bryant adds the depth down low as a big man, and the Orange will desperately need someone since senior Rakeem Christmas will graduate, and the health and potential of DaJuan Coleman is up in the air.
Should Bryant officially commit to Syracuse, that would give the Orange one of the top two recruiting hauls in the country, according to Meyer.
Plus, the addition of Bryant would just add to an already impressive young core.
The Orange has Malachi Richardson, Moustapha Diagne, Tyler Lydon, and Franklin Howard already locked up – all of whom are ESPN Top 100 players and four-star recruits. A five-star recruit gives Boeheim the additional skill and talented player he needs.
Syracuse is in a young state right now. This year’s team will be young, and one of the players expected to shine is Chris McCullough. If McCullough stays for his sophomore season, SU will be young, but it will be full of potential.
Posted: Austin Pollack