Grant Bryant (Marietta, Ga./Kell) was one of the underrated stars of this past weekend's Peach State Showcase in Aiken, S.C. The 6-foot-7 combo forward entered the July evaluation period holding offers from several mid-major schools but following his strong weekend landed his first major offer from the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Grant Bryant is coming off a strong weekend at the Peach State Showcase
"I talked to Coach (Larry) Davis and he was telling me that they really liked me," Bryant said. "He told me that Coach Cronin came and watched me and told him he was very impressed with me and they have a scholarship for me."
The Bearcats will be moving to a new conference with the breakup of the former Big East. Along with his thoughts on how the conference will be, Bryant shared the reason's why he is interested in Cincinnati.
"The AAC (American Athletic Conference) is suppose to be pretty good," Bryant said. "Also I think they are a good school that has a really good tradition. I like the way they play and their fans seem to be very good."
Following his performance with the Southern Kings this past weekend, Rhode Island, Florida International and VCU have all stepped up their interest and appear close to offering according to Bryant. Of those three schools, Shaka Smart's team is one that would most intrigue Bryant if they offered.
"I know they are really up and down on offense which I like," he said. "Coach Shaka is a really good coach and they are top 25 type program. They like to get after it on offense and defense which I think fits my style."
Half way through the month of July, two schools have worked their way to the top for Bryant, although he is still open to anybody recruiting him.
"Right now, I think Boston University and Winthrop are the two schools that stand out the most," he said. "Boston because of their education and Winthrop because of their head coach. He is just a great guy and knows how to win."