Another contributing factor is that Bryant -- Gannon's new guy, not the Lakers' all-star -- appears to have played for two different high schools in two different states (Don Bosco in N.Y., St. Patrick's in N.J.) and graduated from St. Pat's way back in 2006. He attended Division I Army for one year and was listed on the team roster, but never played.
I don't have the whole story (I'll leave that up to Jim LeCorchick, Red Hughes, and the Erie Times to get to the bottom of), but here's what I do have:
- John Reilly's comments on Bryant to GoErie.com: "He's from the same area as Joe Lindsey (Spring Valley, N.Y., just north of New York City). He’s a little bit older. Spent a year at West Point. Didn’t play varsity at West Point, but is a very accomplished high school player. He’s older. Left hander. Really strong. He’s someone I feel really has a chance to be special.”
- Listed on the Army roster at 175 pounds.
- Here's what a New York City recruiting website said: "9/04 James has transferred to St Patrick for his junior year. 10/29/03 Coach Kevin Diverio: 'Combo guard - has the court vision, ball handling and quickness to play the point but he also has the range and ability to score off the dribble to play the off guard… he will be a big key to our success this year … played well all summer and made the all star game in the developmental league at Five-Star (Honesdale - August).'"
- Photo: www.nycnjhoops.com/jb040619.jpg
I also came across a story that said James Bryant was part of a winning team at a New Jersey 3-on-3 tournament this summer. But when I looked into it further, that "James Bryant" was only 7 years old. Maybe Gannon's James Bryant will make a name for himself at the Audi this winter.