Nov. 10, 2010
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Salukis went big with their 2011 men's basketball signing class, inking a pair of forwards to letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day recruits were permitted to officially accept scholarship offers.
*Tony Bryer (6-7, 205, Norview, Va., Norview H.S.)
*Harry Whitt, (6-11, 200, Salt Lake City, Utah, Judge Memorial H.S.)
In Bryer and Whitt, the Salukis picked up a pair of big men who have both transferred to Fishburne Military Academy and will play together during the upcoming season.
Bryer averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds last season at Norview (Va.) High School.
"Tony is a long, athletic swing man who can score different ways," Lowery said. "He has a way about him that he is very settled as a player. He doesn't rush, he doesn't panic, and he doesn't seem to make a lot of mistakes. He plays hard and he understands where he can find ways to have success."
Whitt averaged 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks last season. The Tucson, Ariz.-native was a First-Team All-State selection.
"He's a highly skilled big guy inside and out," Lowery said. "His skill level is very good and his upside is tremendous because he has that length. He can shoot threes and use both hands around the rim both."
Virtually the entire roster of Fishburne players is expected to sign Division I scholarships this fall, and Lowery said he's thrilled to get two players from Coach Ed Huckaby's team .
"Ed is a tremendous coach and we know he will get his players prepared for the next level," Lowery said. "We are excited about the size, length, athleticism and versatility that we got in this class."
The Salukis have two scholarships remaining, and Lowery expects to announce further signings later this week.