Johnny O’Bryant is a 6-foot-10 big man from Mississippi. He is a standout in the class of 2011 at hoops. This was not always the case, however.
“My love for basketball wasn’t always strong,” said O’Bryant. “My mother almost forced me to play basketball in the 7th grade. I was a football player at heart.” That’s right, you heard it correctly, Johnny O’Bryant used to be a big time football player in middle school. The rising senior, who was in middle school at the time, had to be one of the most interesting prospects in the country. At the ideal height of 6-foot-4, he played wide receiver and defensive end for his squad. He finally gave it up…. but being a 6-foot-10 receiver could have worked out just as well.
Some of the top schools in the country have taken notice of his talents on the court. “Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Baylor and Tennessee” make the list for O’Bryant. All of the schools have offered including Big Blue. Kentucky has not only offered, they are on great terms with the rising senior. “They have been coming at me pretty hard,” he said. “And I’m pretty interested.” With the mutual interest, could the Wildcats have found their next Patrick Paterson or DeMarcus Cousins?
With no upcoming visits planned, O’Bryant is wide open at the moment. “They aren’t my dream school, but they are a school that is very high up in everyone’s eyes,” he remarked. Just what does he like about Kentucky? “I like the playing style, the exposure I can get with them and Coach Cal, of course.” Seems like everyone likes the same aspects of Big Blue Nation. Either way, O’Bryant is the next big time big man in the game and the Wildcats are on his radar.