Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Eastern Michigan F Glenn Bryant about playing at the legendary Oak Hill Academy.
You are one of five seniors on the roster, how big of factor do you think your team’s experience will be this season? I think experience is a big factor in any sport, so we expect to contribute a lot because we have been through a lot.
Your non-conference road schedule includes trips to Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse. Do you have nightmares just thinking about the road ahead?! Not at all: they put on their jerseys/shoes just like we do.
You lost your leading scorer from last year (Derek Thompson). How much pressure is there on you to fill the offensive void left by the departure of Derek? He was a great player/scorer, but we have some new guys this year who can score.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? We feel like we have one of the best teams in our conference, so we want to win a MAC title: anything less than that is unacceptable.
You played with Brandon Jennings at Oak Hill Academy: could you tell back then that he was going to become a star? Of course! He was great even in practice, and in games he would average about 35 points per game!
You played two years at Arkansas before transferring to EMU, why did you decide to transfer, and what made you choose the Eagles? My mom did not get to see me play a lot at Oak Hill or Arkansas, so I just wanted to be back around her. Eastern is only 30 minutes away from my home.
In your first season at EMU you averaged 10.6 points per game. how were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? I had some experience coming in as a junior, and I worked hard during my transfer year when I had to sit out.
You had a three-point loss to Northern Illinois in the 2012 MAC tourney but got some revenge with a one-point win over the Huskies in the 2013 MAC tourney. Is it just a coincidence that you keep meeting up with them in March or do you think this is the start of a strong rivalry? It is probably just a coincidence: we will play anyone anywhere.