When former Georgetown Prep boys basketball coach Dwayne Bryant watches his daughter, Alexis Bryant, play basketball, an obvious sense of pride fills his heart and a prevailing thought constantly pops into his mind.
“It is neat watching her play,” said Bryant, who is now the athletic director at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. “I look at it from the perspective of a basketball coach and I think she could have been a hell of a basketball player. She doesn’t do a whole lot of basketball. She’s competing on a level with some of the better players in the area with very little training.”
The younger Bryant, a Kensington resident, has been an integral part of the Georgetown Visitation girls basketball team the past three seasons. First, she was a part-time starter and now, this season, she is a key starter for a Cubs squad that shared the Independent School League’s AA Division regular season title and reached the tournament final before losing to Bullis.
“She’s been great,” Georgetown Visitation coach Mike McCarthy said. “She’s just a great athlete and a difference maker every night. She makes all [the] things happen for our team. She’s not a big scorer although she could score a lot more. She doesn’t shoot as much as I want her to, but she fills stat sheets every night. She’s just a traffic athlete. If she played basketball [all the time], she would be a Division I college recruit.”
Bryant, a captain, averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 steals and two assists per game in leading the Cubs to a 21-8 record heading into this week’s Bishop Walsh Tournament.
“She’s a lock-down defensive player and if we play man, I put her on the other team’s offensive player,” McCarthy said. “She can handle the ball pretty well. She doesn’t give it up. We post her up against people. She doesn’t shoot that much; she usually attacks the basket.”
With such high praise from a pair of accomplished coaches, why doesn’t Bryant spend more time perfecting her skills on the basketball court? Simply put, Bryant just doesn’t have the time since the junior is an accomplished soccer goalkeeper for Georgetown Visitation, Bethesda Soccer Club’s Bethesda Freedom and the Maryland Olympic Development Program, which has included participating at the National Training Camp.
“Actually, I’ve been playing both my whole life, but soccer ended up being better since I play goalie. There aren’t as many goalie’s college-wise, so I was able to keep going to somewhere pretty good,” Bryant said. “Soccer worked out with a scholarship. It worked out sooner and better. I didn’t really choose soccer, but it kind of took over. It’s really intense and it’s really hard to balance both of them so I ended up there.”
She’s committed to Boston College, choosing the Eagles over Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Virginia and Miami.
“I’m super excited about playing at BC,” Bryant said. “I love Boston. The coaches were amazing and the city is just insane. It’s so pretty there and the team’s really good and obviously it’s a great school. We started college counseling and all my friends are stressing. It’s nice to sit back and watch.”