Posted On: 06/28/17 1:45 PM
Brison Waller definitely passes the eye test. The 6’ 8” Garfield Heights forward is a long, lean athletic high-major potential forward.
He’s already landed several offers from Division I schools, a list that includes Akron, Kent State, Cleveland State. He has the build and physical attributes to make an instant impact as a rebounder, defender, and is continuing to develop his offensive game. During a recent summer league against a chippy team from Kenston, he showed off a smooth jump shot and drained a nifty turnaround corner jumper that sticks in the mind. He also rebounded like a demon, was able to slash to the hoop at times and alters shots.
During the recently completed NEO Youth Elite Showcase, he squared off against new teammate Alonzo Gaffney. The 6’8” Gaffney got the better of the matchup scoring 41. Waller showed flashes on the inside and did not appear to be overmatched athletically against Gaffney.
Waller, who transferred to Garfield after playing his freshman season at Cleveland Rhodes, said he sees himself as an athletic slashing type player who can also reliably hit an open jump shot from distance.
Waller counts LeBron James and Kevin Durant as two of his favorite players.
He seems to know he’s getting good coaching at Garfield Heights under Sonny Johnson, a former Mr. Basketball in the Buckeye state, who now as a coach has built a powerhouse program.
“It’s great. He’s a great coach. He gets all his kids to college. He’s a good coach,” said Waller, who counts Duke as his favorite program and plays his AAU team with OBC who started and was a bench player on last year’s Bulldog team.
Waller said playing in a game with the Class of 2021’s No.1-rated player Zion Harmon was fun. What part of the game of the 5’9’’ phenom from Bowling Green, Ky., was most impressive to Waller.
“He can shoot,” said Waller. With a little more practice Waller will likely be able to be able to say the same.