Friday, October 9, 2009

This Year's Freshmen: Bryan Bynes

Post by Chris

This 5th edition of This Year's Freshmen is on Bryan Bynes, a shooting guard from south Florida. See the rest of This Year's Freshman here.

Bryan Bynes
Fort Lauderdale, FL, Boyd Anderson High School
6'3” 170 to 185 lbs

According to ESPN, Bynes can provide highlights in transition. He sprints the wing and will finish over defenders as he attacks the rim with great speed and explosiveness. He is wiry and has the ability to drive and slash both ways to the rim although he seems to like to go left. Bynes has a nice mid range pull up jumper. He has great elevation and smooth release. He is a good ball handler and decent passer. He can beat he man with a quick first step and can find the open man when he draws a crowd in the lane.

The offensive glass is another area that Bynes scores a bucket or two. His long arms and athletic ability help him keep the ball alive and get it back on the rim. Defensively he has excellent foot speed when defending the ball and quick hands to keep the ball handler at bay. Bynes plays with urgency and can make winning plays late in the game. Bryan is capable of playing either guard position.

The Bad: Bynes is very thin and will need to add strength but is stronger than he looks. From behind the arc Bynes can knock down the open three when he has his feet set but is still considered streaky. He doesn't often create his own shot and is consequently someone who needs to be surrounded by other good players in order to be effective.

According to MaxPreps, Bynes averaged 15.6 points a game, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 Turnovers per game, with 6 games over 20 at Anderson. The Miami Herald gave him 17 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. The Herald went on to say that “while he has become a dangerous three-pointer shooter, Bynes will be remembered most for an exciting dunking style that earned him the nickname ''Kobe''. His signature play came in the Kreul Classic last December when he threw down a tomahawk dunk over Montverde Prep 7-foot center Ruslan Pateev, while being fouled.”

Miami Tropics Live rates him as the 12th best graduating player in Florida. Here's his GW profile.

He was actively recruited by Charlotte, UAB, FAU, South Florida, Marshall, Old Dominion and George Mason.

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