Arizona recruit Carter Bryant is headed to Arizona, a team that could use a talented perimeter player at the forward spot in the future. He’s considered one of the best forwards in the country and is part of the 2024 recruiting class.
He’s a five-star recruit who is 6-foot-8, 255 pounds. He’s listed as the No. 4 player by 247Sports.com.
“I felt like it was the best program for me from (the) aspect of the person I am as a student-athlete,” he said on 247Sports.com in announcing his decision. “I just felt like it fit me the most on and off the court.”
Bryant most recently was in Tucson for UA’s NCAA pairings announcement in mid-March where the fans welcomed him with open arms. He chose UA over Louisville.
“The pedigree of the coaching staff,” he said as a reason for his decision. “The coaching staff has coached at multiple levels whether that’s high school, college or … even overseas. I know their development is some of the best in the country, so I know that I’m gonna when I get there, I’m gonna get better.”
He’ll have a pretty good teammate – a fellow freshman – when he gets to Arizona. Jamari Phillips committed to UA as well. They were teammates on the PE Elite Nike EBYL team. Phillips, a 6-3 guard, committed to UA in the winter.
Bryant’s commitment eases the pain for UA after it lost out on portal transfer Ryan Nembhard last week.
According to Rivals – owners of GoAzCats.com – Arizona is getting a solid player.
WHAT ARIZONA IS GETTING
The No. 25 player in the 2024 class, Bryant’’s size and long-term versatility give him five-star potential down the road. The California-based star currently sits near the four-and-five star border, as the consistency of production isn’t quite there yet. That said, don’t rule out a significant bump up the rankings down the road. The 6-foot-7 wing packs elite positional size and a level of fluidity that allows him to take defenders off the bounce and get to the rim on command. He’s not the most consistent long-range shooter in the class, but he’s certainly capable of hurting you from deep if left open on the perimeter. Bryant shot the ball pretty well from the outside during last weekend’s EYBL opener and seems to be making progress on that front, however. The length and athleticism to become an elite defender are there in spades if his motor on that end of the court improves with time. For now, Bryant is most dangerous in transition or as a slasher. He actually reminds a bit of a young Ron Holland, a class-of-2023 prospect that finished the cycle in the top five of the Rivals150. Bryant has that type of upside and could reach it as his peripheral parts of his game develop to match his scoring ability,