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Posted On: 09/18/18 8:22 AM
Today I had the chance to go check out one of the top juniors in Western North Carolina, Ben Bryson from West Henderson High School in Henderson County, North Carolina.
The Head Coach of West Henderson is former player and all-time leading scorer Joey Bryson (Ben’s father). The elder Bryson played collegiately at Western Carolina University from 1995-1999.
Ben Bryson is a 6-foot-3 combo guard for The Falcons and what jumps out at first is how fundamentally sound he is. He has a great handle with the ball in his hands, he is cat-quick off the dribble and in the full-court. He has an athletic build and is starting to finish plays above the rim. He is adept at scoring off the dribble and finishing with contact near the rim.
He is vocal on defense, knows where to be on both sides of the ball, can read defenses and sees plays a second or two faster than most players his age. Overall, I was very impressed with his maturity and his desire to get better. Bryson has improved every time I have watched him and that is something that must happen to be ready for the physicality of the next level.
Ben is a player that should end up in the mid-major level of college basketball recruiting and with another growth spurt like we saw between his sophomore and junior year, he could end up even higher. He has the skillset, size and basketball knowledge to be one of the best out of this area in the last few years.
Bryson played with the Tennessee Bobcats over the summer and received an offer from Tennessee Tech while on a unofficial visit there during Elite Camp. Joey Bryson tells me that Liberty, VMI, Wofford and some other Big South/SoCon schools have reached out recently about coming to see him workout.