Bryan Antoine, the top shooting guard in class of 2019, is now down to five schools in Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Villanova. All five of these programs have made him a priority from the start and Antoine had nothing, but great things to say about them.
Florida was one of the first schools to offer him. After visiting the school, he has grown close to the coaching staff. With him having family there, he is already familiar with the area.
“I’ve known Coach Mike White and the coaching staff for a while, ever since eighth grade,” Antoine said. “Freshman year I took a couple of visits down there and I enjoyed them. I have family down there and I think they are only like an hour away from campus so, I guess you can kind of say it’s my second home. It has a great vibe, great weather and I like the coaching staff and just the people at the school. That all has impressed me.”
Antoine was one of the Duke Blue Devils’ first offers for the class of 2019. They have done a great job showing him love and he likes what they have to offer.
“With Duke, me and Coach Jon Scheyer text mostly every day,” said Antoine. “Joey Baker, who is committed there, me and him are best friends so, me and him talk a lot. It’s just Duke, they are always playing on national television and everyone’s eyes are on them. Coach K is an outstanding coach and during our in-home visit, he kept it real with me. He said a lot of things that opened my eyes and that is a big reason why they are one of my final five.”
The Kentucky Wildcats have been in to visit him and Ranney School (N.J.) teammate Scottie Lewis multiple times. Through this and an unofficial visit there he has built a close relationship with John Calipari.
“Coach Calipari as everyone knows is a great coach,” he told Prep Circuit. “He gets the job done with his players and I’m actually close with his son Brad. Talking to him, his father and coach Barbee has been great and I’m really close with them. Our sophomore year we visited down there and I loved the campus. We saw the dorm, the practice gym, Rupp Arena and it all was amazing.”
The Villanova Wildcats, the reigning NCAA champions, have been recruiting him for a long time. He likes that he can talk to Jay Wright about more than just basketball.
“Villanova is close to home with it being only a couple of hours away,” he said. “What they have done in the past three years has been remarkable and just what Jay Wright has been doing with their players. He’s not known for one and done type players, but he does a great job developing his players. I really liked our in-home visit and I’ve known them since eighth grade. I feel like the friendship we have is very tight and Coach Wright will just call me to talk about normal stuff. It doesn’t have to be about basketball, sometimes he will just check up on me.”
Last but not least, the Kansas Jayhawks round out Antoine’s list. With Bill Self running the program and his recent success with guards, this could be an intriguing option for him.
“Coach Bill Self and coach Norm Roberts are always texting me about Kansas basketball players, cool quotes and stats about them,” said Antoine. “Coach Self has a calm demeanor and I love how he and Kansas run their program from a basketball standpoint. That really stood out to me because this past year they had Malik Newman and Devonte Graham. Coach Self gave them a lot of freedom and that’s a great look for me.”
While going to the right place for basketball is important for Antoine, he feels going somewhere he is at home off the floor is just as important.
“The most important thing is if I feel comfortable at the school because I can’t go to a school I don’t feel comfortable at,” he told Prep Circuit. “I want to go in there and fit in, which goes along with being comfortable. I want to feel comfortable on and off the court. I have to be comfortable in the gym, in the classroom and just on campus in general. I will look for the coaches to help me in life and mentor me. I just want to make sure to be around people I can trust and do well by me.”
A college decision shouldn’t come anytime soon as he added that he looks to choose a school sometime next fall. Antoine’s recruitment will be a fun one to follow especially with the heavy hitters involved.