There are 36 high school-aged players invited to the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National team training camp July 24-Aug. 1.
One of those elite players is former Bishop Kearney forward Thomas Bryant, now a senior at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Bryant, who said he is about 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, lives in Rochester with his mother Linda when school is out.
Bryant played on the USA Basketball team that won a gold medal during the FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Uruguay last July. He averaged 10 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in about 15 minutes a game for the United States, which finished 5-0.
There is an expectation by Bryant that he will be one of the 12 players on the United States team at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships, Aug. 8-16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The United States under 17 men’s team has won the last two championships, which take place every other year.
“I feel very strongly about me making the team again,” Bryant said. “I feel that it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m in the best shape of my life. I feel like that I’m playing well.”
Bryant played on the varsity at Bishop Kearney, a private school in Irondequoit, as an eighth-grader, freshman and sophomore.
Coaches in Section V twice voted Bryant on to the Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester team, including his sophomore year, when he was named most valuable player of the Class AA public school state tournament.
Bryant then decided to attend Huntington Prep, a self-described “basketball-foucused” college prepratory school, created five years ago.
The Huntington Prep team is built to play for national championships, and seeks games against some of the more well-known high school teams in the nation. Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft, played at Huntington Prep on his way to powerhouse University of Kansas.
Byrant was with the team playing in a tournament in Dubai earlier this month.
“You face the best,” Bryant said. “Everywhere we go, we get the best effort against us. We play semi-college team and we get the best effort against us.
“There’s no one on the team who is not that good. Everyone has their unique thing that seperates them everyone else..”