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Bishop Kearney sophomore Thomas Bryant was named Most Valuable Player of the Class AA boys basketball state tournament earlier this month, an honor that surprised him.
Another committee with much more clout also likes what it sees in Bryant's game.
USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Bryant, a 6-foot-9 forward, is one of 23 players selected to the 2013-14 men's national developmental team. Bryant is the only player from New York State placed in the pool of players for the USA Under-16 National Team and possibly, the Under 17 World Championships.
"I think our bigs are especially talented," USA basketball and Iowa City High coach Don Showalter said in the statement. "We have a good group of wings who are long and can play good defense, so that's a real positive thing."
The USA Developmental National Team will train May 30-June 7 in Colorado Springs. That camp determines the 12-players on the USA Under 16 National Team for the FIBA Americas Championships, June 11-15.
"It's a great accomplishment," Bishop Kearney coach Jon Boon said. "It's a testament to how hard he works and the potential that he has."
"He's either at Kearney, the downtown YMCA or at home, that's pretty much his routine."