There are many out there who subscribe to a theory that a player's motor can be considered a skill. It is guys like top-20 junior Thomas Bryant who cause people to think that way.
Players shouldn't get credit for playing hard. In fact, it should be expected. However, the 6-foot-10 center at Huntington (W.V.) Prep does more than just play hard.
Bryant is vocal, he has never-ending energy, he is a team leader and he happily does all the stuff that helps his team win. He doesn't seek personal glory, just the win; and because of that he's a productive big man on both ends.
"I see that it sparks the team," says Bryant of his energy and hustle. "But it comes natural. I've always been the energy guy and loved bringing energy to a team and everybody around me."
There is more to Bryant's game than just energy and a good attitude, though. The No. 19 player in the class of 2015 has outstanding hands, gets good position and is a consistent contributor.
"My biggest strengths are talking on defense and rebounding," said Bryant. "I can still improve on everything else. There's no way that things could not be perfected, so I work on everything."
A native of New York, Bryant is glad that he transferred to Rob Fulford's Huntington Prep program.
"I enjoy it a lot," said Bryant. "I'm improving a lot. I'm getting better at my decision making, I'm getting better coaching and everything is getting better with my all-around game."
West Virginia, Syracuse, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Miami have all offered and Kentucky is one of the other programs keeping tabs.
For now, Bryant is in relax mode with his recruitment and not putting much thought into the college level.
"I'm going to wait until my senior year until I say who I'm maybe going to go to and who will maybe be in my top five or top three."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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