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Journey to the McDAAG: Bryan Antoine

By Pat Lawless, 03/12/19, 6:00PM EDT


Bryan Antoine's path to the McDAAG

His Path to the McDAAG

Bryan Antoine selection to the McDonald’s All-American Game came as no surprise. Antoine has been regarded as one of the top guards in the country dating back to his freshman year of high school. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Antoine since eighth grade and what stood out the most to me was how much of a natural offensive talent he was.

This isn’t taking away from how hard he worked to get to this point, but it always seemed as if he had a natural ability for scoring the ball. His combination of speed, athleticism and shooting ability puts him in the conversation of being one of the best scorers in the country. Antoine averaged 22 points per game for Ranney School in 2018-19, and put up 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assist per game in the UAA for Team Rio.

What's Next?

Villanova University is Bryan Antoine’s next destination. It came down to the reigning national champions - Villanova - and the Duke Blue Devils. It was a tough choice for Antoine, but an unofficial visit in late August ultimately led him to his decision. He spoke to Prep Circuit about what made Villanova his future home.

“The reason why I chose Villanova was because it was family,” Antoine said. “Family goes a long way with me and their school. I also looked at how they played and how they play for each other. I’ve done the same thing with my coaches in AAU and school ball. I feel like I’ve already lived in that for so long and Villanova fits that system perfectly.”

He is going in with the 2nd best-recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. Villanova has landed five-star recruits before, but Wildcat fans are thrilled about the addition of Antoine. He continues the lineage of talented Villanova guards and should thrive in Jay Wright's system. The way he scores translates very well to the next levels and if he works hard he has a good opportunity to move past some of the prospects ranked ahead of him in his class.

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