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Fenger’s Jeremiah Bryant: Chicago’s Next Basketball Stud!

Brian Stinnette
June 19, 2003

Although he is still polishing his skills on the basketball court, Chicago Fenger’s Jeremiah Bryant could be the next big basketball stud to come out of the city of Chicago. He was the best basketball prospect who took the floor at last weekend’s University of Illinois Team Camp.

Jeremiah Bryant is 6-7, and is likely to still grow another inch or two. His hands are like shovels, and he has the wingspan of an aircraft carrier. When you watch him on the floor, his effort and intensity immediately stand out. He is a player who is strong, athletic and highly aggressive on the basketball court.

Make no mistake about it, Bryant is still developing his basketball skills. However, each time he takes the floor, his handle improves, as does his range and rotation on his jump shot. Once Fenger’s guard play improves, he will have a chance to be “scary” good on both ends of the floor.

Defensively, Bryant is already a standout. He uses his wingspan, strength and lateral quickness to guard both the perimeter and interior with a high level of effectiveness. He is already an advanced rebounder and shot blocker.

One thing that stands out with Jeremiah Bryant, is that he seems to play his best against high caliber competition. He more than held his own in an April match-up against West Aurora’s Shaun Pruitt, and was at his best at the Illinois Team Camp, against the better teams.

Bryant told Chicago Hoops that he is working on his overall game on both offense and defense. He ultimately feels that small forward will be his best position in college.

The list of schools that already have Bryant in their sights includes Louisville, DePaul, Illinois, Purdue, Kentucky, Indiana and Auburn. That list of suitors is likely to grow. Julian Wright (Homewood-Flossmor) is the only Class of 2005 prospect likely to get more attention from college recruiters than Bryant.