Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward from London, England, would show promise here and there in his junior year at South Kent (Conn.) School. However, the athletic big man played well here, there and everything in between at last weekend's Boo Williams Invitational.
At South Kent, Bryan-Amaning was one of several Division I prospects for Ralph Chillious this season and the class of 2007 prospect will tell you he probably didn't have the year he and everyone else expected. So when Bryan-Amaning played with such promise over the weekend, people began to take notice.
The big man was running the flooring, handling the ball, rebounding, playing above the rim and showing off a good looking jumper. Not bad for a guy that spent a month off the court just recently.
"I'm still getting my legs," he said. "I went back home for the whole month of March so I'm just now getting back to it."
Playing alongside stud 2008 prospect Tyreke Evans on Team Final, Bryan-Amaning said he knows this AAU season could do a lot for his future.
"This time of year is about getting your name out there," he said. "This is going to be a good experience playing with Tyreke because I know people are going to come out and see him. When they do that, I want to be able to show what I can do as well."
Bryan-Amaning said he has cut his list to a manageable 10 schools going into the spring travel season. He mentioned Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Pitt, Washington, Texas, Duke, UConn, Georgetown, Villanova and Virginia Tech. He said all but Duke and UConn have offered.
"I'll be looking at the history of each program and what they have coming in and going," Bryan-Amaning. "I want to know how much they play on TV too because of my friends back home. All of the schools are good so I know it will be tough."
In a class that lacks high-major depth at the power forward position, Bryan-Amaning will be a coveted prospect by the time the early signing period opens up in the fall. The big man said he will take his time in the recruiting process.
"I am not going to try and rush it. I want to wait and see what happens in the spring and summer," Bryan-Amaning said. "I know a lot of guys that commit and it's not 100 percent. I want to be 100 percent. I want to be sure. That is why I'll probably wait until the fall."