OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University’s men’s basketball program signed Chris Bryant (Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards HS/Florida Atlantic University/College of Central Florida) to a national letter-of-intent, head coach John Cooper announced Tuesday (May 6).
Bryant is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward who spent last season at the College of Central Florida after playing his freshman season at Florida Atlantic University and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He is eligible to compete immediately for the RedHawks.
“We’re really excited about the addition of Chris Bryant. Obviously this brings more experience to our team along with more size and athleticism,” said Cooper. “He has prior [NCAA] Division I experience, so we feel we are bringing in a young man who knows what to expect.”
Last season, Bryant helped the Patriots to a 23-9 record, playing in all 32 games and making 30 starts. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg while shooting an impressive 55.7 percent from the floor and team-leading 74.7 percent from the free-throw line. While at Florida Atlantic, Bryant played in 15 games, averaging 1.3 rpg in 8.6 minutes of action per game.
He spent one year at a prep school, helping Fishburn Military School to a 24-win season. At Rickards High School, he spearheaded the team to two Class 3A state titles. Byant was named the 3A Player of the Year and was the MVP of the state tournament as a senior, averaging 16 ppg and 10 rpg on the season. Bryant also captured Capital City Classic MVP honors as a senior and was tabbed a top-100 high school player as a junior. He was a four-time MVP for the Raiders.
“Our team is starting to really round out and now we are starting to see a lot of versatility and a lot of flexibility within our roster that will allow us to do various things both offensively and defensively,” added Cooper. “Chris is the third junior college player that we’ve added this year, so we are certainly excited about the trio that we have signed this spring.”
Bryant joins a RedHawk signing class that includes 6-foot-10 forward Leonard Livingston and 6-foot-7 forward Kalif Wright, also junior college transfers who signed NLIs in April, and 6-foot-8 combination forward Logan McLane, 6-foot-2 combination guard Zach McCormick and 6-foot-7 wing Roderick Mills, who signed national letters-of-intent with Miami in November.