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Super 7: Emanuel Bryson III, Grovetown

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 12:59am
Emanuel Bryson III, Grovetown
Emanuel Bryson III, Grovetown

Emanuel Bryson III is trying to make the most of his senior season at Grovetown.

After playing baseball and basketball throughout his prep career, Bryson added football this fall. This season, he'll line up at slot receiver and play some running back for the Warriors.

"I missed it," said Bryson, who played football as a youth. "It was a bit of a transition trying to get back in rhythm. Once I got back in rhythm, it just came to me."

Bryson is known for his prowess on the basketball court, but he's a talented multi-sport athlete who's been using his athleticism since he was little. When he was about 6, he started playing football - he played running back, using his quickness as an asset. About the same time, he started playing baseball. He soon transitioned from recreation league to travel ball.

Baseball and football ultimately took a back seat to basketball when he entered high school. Bryson quit playing football and stopped playing travel baseball.

Instead, he began focusing on his indoor sport. Bryson, who started playing basketball competitively when he was 7, began taking his game to the next level as he entered high school, when he also joined a travel team, Sports Academy South.

"In ninth grade, I knew I wanted to focus on basketball," he said. "So I put a lot of hours in the gym."

The 5-foot-7, 162-pound Bryson, who balanced football and basketball in the summer, is regarded as an excellent defender on the court. In region games last season, the pass-first guard averaged nine points and five rebounds a game.

"This year, I hope it's way better than it was last year," said Bryson, whose team opened with 11 consecutive defeats before winning five of their final 13 games. "This summer, we got a lot of work done. I feel like it's going to benefit us."

Bryson is drawing basketball interest from some Division II colleges. Wherever he goes, he said plans to major in computer science.

While Bryson plans to return to the outfield in the spring, he said he also might run track - if baseball coach Nick Wandless will let him. The thought of four sports in one school year is something Bryson relishes.

"I just like sports in general," he said. "I like to be active, have fun with my friends."

 

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