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There simply isn’t anything Leroy Bryant can’t do.
Bryant, a three-sport athlete as a sophomore defensive back/receiver, a guard in basketball and a baseball player at Fairfield’s Angelo Rodriguez High School, has been an athlete his whole life.
Basketball started when he was 3. Football came around in 2012, but tackle football was only for one year before his time now. And then baseball came around after football.
“When I started playing baseball and basketball at the same time, that’s when I really realized that I could do two sports and be great or do something good with those two sports,” Bryant said.
So far, Bryant has been a standout student-athlete every step of the way.
In football, he’s been one of the top performers of the offseason at various showcases and camps he’s attended, including as a defensive back at the first-ever Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Nov. 7, keying his team’s way to a title and making the crucial pass breakup in the final seconds to seal the victory for the perfect 5-0 record under the lights.
With basketball, Bryant was always one step ahead. He always played up his age group in AAU, so once he came up to high school as a freshman, the transition to playing against older competition was never a challenge.
Bryant became a varsity starter his first year of high school, as he and Rodriguez compiled a 14-14 record while averaging 61.1 points per game together as a team.
“It gave me a lot of confidence, and it just made me want to work harder and be better than everybody else,” Bryant said.
But Bryant’s success in sports only tells part of his story.
His GPA in the classroom reads a 3.8, crediting his teachers and his family for helping him become the true embodiment of what a student-athlete is.
“They push the importance of the classroom a lot because my family was high on the classroom themselves, so they expect a 3.0 or better, but I expect a 3.5 or better for myself because I want to be great in the classroom and also great on the field and be a student-athlete,” Bryant said.
That’s all part of a work ethic and a standard Bryant holds himself to – one that has him reaching for even greater heights in every step of his journey.
Days during this offseason start off with a 6-7:30 a.m. workout on the field, followed by class from 8 a.m. until noon. Then he and a friend go to the field or lift weights before hitting the field around 2 p.m. before doing his own work at the house after.
“I feel like that work ethic has came from my family because they work hard, and an example of it is this offseason is I’ve really been waking up early in the morning, working out with my teammates on the field or in the gym,” Bryant said. “And I’ve been just doing two a days, three a days sometimes just trying to get better.”
The next step for Bryant is working towards bringing in some offers and making his way to the collegiate level, hopefully to the top at a Division I university.
“It would mean a lot to me because I’ve always wanted to play sports professionally for my job,” Bryant said. “I don’t really want to just work 9-5s and everything like that. I want to be able to play a sport that I love playing professionally.”
For this upcoming year, though, Bryant is working for some other goals and setting the highest of ambitions for himself.
Two picks per game in football. An undefeated record.
He wants everything, and he’s going to put in all of the work and then some required to get there.
“I don’t want to allow any catches on anybody,” Bryant said. “I want to be solid on the field. And then for my team I really want us to have a positive record. I would like for us to go 10-0, but if that’s not the case at least 8-2 or 9-1, a positive record. And then for basketball I want my team to also go undefeated. I want my team to be good and push them to be better, and then for myself I want to score 20 points a game, 10 assists, get everybody involved and be a leader.”
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