One of the better prospects in Arizona's 2019 class is Chaparral High School's 6-foot-6 junior forward Alec Bryan. Bryan recently decided to play for new prep program CGM Prep Academy this season, but after thinking things over, he has now decided he will stay put this high school season and play for his junior season for Chaparral head coach Dan Peterson.
Bryan is a skilled and talented wing prospect with good size and mobility and a knack for making shots from the perimeter. After considering playing for CGM Prep on a national schedule and playing with some top-rated national and international talent, the lure to play with his friends at Chaparral was too much for him to overcome.
Bryan has continued to attend Chaparral High School academically throughout his decision making, and has not missed a beat in the process. Bryan is an excellent student and carries better than a 4.0 CUM GPA unweighted, and a 4.5 CUM GPA weighted, so he will have his choice of colleges at every academic level in two years.
The addition of Bryan to this year's already very talented Chaparral team will be tremendous for Peterson's group, that will compete this year for a 5A state title. The team will be led by the play of very talented 6-foot-4 sophomore prospect and transfer Xavier Dusell, who left Mesquite HS after a good freshman season. They also will be led by the play of 6-foot-3 junior guard Blaise Threatt, 6-foot-6 senior forward Jordan Nacim and 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Alem Huseinovic this season. Threatt and Nacim had good performances in the Firebird's title run last season, while Huseinovic is one of the better young guard prospects in the state.
Bryan looks prepared to have a breakout junior season for the Firebirds, who will need him throughout the season to take their team to another level, as he gives Coach Peterson and his team another bigger, talented and skilled performer.
Bryan has spent the past several months playing with top-notch competition at CGM Prep, and being coached and developed by such top coaches as former Marquette and USC assistant coach Tony Miller.
Bryan suffered an injury last season as a sophomore (injured knee), so he would miss much of the season, and also the spring NCAA evaluation period. He played this summer with a loaded and talented 16U group for the Powerhouse Hoops' program, and helped the team to several strong tournament finishes.
Currently, Bryan is hearing from numerous high-academic programs such as Princeton and MIT, but I look for him to generate much more interest over the next year, as a result of his size, skill level and high academic performance.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Bryan is a taller but skilled and mobile wing prospect that can enjoys playing on the perimeter - his natural position. He is fundamentally sound and has a nice overall skillset that allows him to play on the wing, and also score in transition. He is developing his post skills and also his ability to score off the dribble, but has very good work ethic off the court, so he should develop nicely over time. A very good shooter with range on his shot and a nice release. A good ball handler and passer. More focus n these two areas of his game will take him to another level. A solid rebounder that competes for balls. A solid defender. Plays with good intensity. A good finisher inside the paint and around the basket, and does not mind physical contact. Runs the floor hard, and is a good finisher in transition. Has upside.