Thursday, October 14, 2010
Top recuit O'Bryant picks LSU
CLEVELAND - One of the nation's top high school basketball prospects made his decision Thursday morning.
East Side High's Johnny O'Braynt, 6-9 and 245 pounds, committed to LSU during a news conference in his high school gym.
The five-star recruit said he ultimately chose the Tigers because it "felt like home."
O'Bryant's decision, however, was not a total shock, as it was reported last week that he would be heading to Baton Rouge.
O'Bryant said his top three choices were LSU, Ole Miss and Maryland.
LSU, however, had to maneuver to get to the top, he said.
"This time last year, they weren't in my top three, said O'Bryant. "They worked their way in."
LSU has a history of grooming post players such as O'Bryant. Stromile Swift, Glen Davis, Anthony Randloph and, of course, Shaquille O'Neal got their start at LSU. And that history played a key role in his final decision, said O'Bryant.
At LSU, he'll also be joined by his former Jackson Tigers AAU squad teammates Andre Stringer and Jalen Courtney.
"He has a level of comfort with coaches and players that are there...," said East Side High coach Leroy Cotton. "All of that combined together - that's why he chose LSU."
So how hectic was the recruiting process for one of the Delta's most highly rated basketball prospects?
"It got very crazy. I got a lot of calls (and) emails," he said. "Now I'm glad it's over with."
Now with the big decision out of the way, he just wants to focus on his final season at East Side.
"Now I can focus on the high school season," said O'Bryant.