Travon Bryant (206-F-83, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) is a 26 year old 206 cm forward that is a skilled combination lefty forward that has a nice shooting touch from 10-15 feet, and is strong enough to maneuver in the paint in traffic and with his back to the basket. He comes from Long Beach, California and played at The Univeristy of Missouri from 2000-2004 with skilled players like Linas Kleiza, Rickey Paulding, Jason Conley and Jimmy McKinney.
In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg. In his five year career, he has taken a liking to the warm climate of Greece playing there for four years. In 2004-2005, he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki playing FIBA Europe League averaging 11.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 0.9spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3Pts: 25%; and playing 26 games in the Greek league averaging 10.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 31.0%.
In 2005-2006, he played for AO Kolossos Rodo playing 24 games and averaging 14.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 66.0%. After the season ended in Greece, he hopped over to Italy and helped Benetton Treviso win the Italian league title averaging 16 games: 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg.
In 2006-2007, he played in the BBL for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 28 games and averaging 14.7ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 61.7%. In 2007-2008, he jumped back to Greece and played for Costa Cafe Marousi playing FIBA EuroCup averaging 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 53.8%; and playing 22 games in the Greek league averaging 10.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 62.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 52.0%. He also reached the Greek final in the playoffs playing 13 games and averaging 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 62.0%, FT: 62.0%. Last season, he played for AEK Athens playing 24 games and averaging 11.9ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 75.4%.
German Hoops caught up with Travon Bryant (206-F-83, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) who is currently working out in Los Angeles and still looking for a team for the upcoming season.
Travon thanks for taking some time to talk to German Hoops. Its 7am in Los Angeles. How does your day look like today?
On a typical work out day, I get up at 7am and train from 8-10.30. Then I come back home, relax have some lunch and in the afternoon I play with NBA players. Some of the guys that are there are guys like Elton Brand, Paul Pierce, Charlie Villanueva, Kareem Rush and many of the new NBA draft pics like Brandon Jennings or James Harden, or other NBA veterans like Corey Maggette or Russell Westbrook.
It is the middle of September and your still looking for a team. Are you surprised that no teams have knocked hard on your door yet?
I am actually pretty surprised. I think that I can bring a lot on the court with my inside/out game. It is a difficult time for me and I am a bit frustrated, but all I can do is relax and keeping working hard each day on the court.
Last season you were fifth best rebounder in the Greek league, but only shot 19% from three point land. Do you think that could be a reason why teams arent biting this summer?
I have absolutely no idea. I was not really asked to do too much from the three point line last season in Greece. I was really the only low post player on the team that was responsible for doing the rebound work. But I dont really know why teams should criticise my shooting from outside since I showed in college and my rookie season that I can shoot well from outside.
There seemed to be interest from Alba Berlin, but they now signed Kenan Bajramovic. Why didnt Berlin take you?
When I first heard that Berlin was interested, I was very happy, because the chance to play for such a great team and play international would have been great, but they decided to go in another direction which was too bad, because I would have loved to have returned to Germany.
But you wouldnt mind returning to Germany?
Germany was great and I really enjoyed it. The fans were great and it was easy living in Frankfurt since it was so Americanized there.
You played one season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2006-2007. Why wasn’t Charles Barton able to form a winning team? Was he too nice to the players?
I wouldn’t say that he was too nice. He gave us a lot of responsibility, and we were not able to own up to it the way a professional player should. We should not have abused it, but moreover have been more productive. It was too bad that we could not put it all together, because I thought our team was top 5 material.
What wont you forget about your time in Frankfurt with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?
I enjoyed everything. It was a clean place and the city was big enough to do things, but then again not too big to get lost! I had great teammates and It was great to travel around and see so many different places.
You told me once that you would have liked to have played for coach Murat Didin for a whole season. What kind of success could Murat Didin and Travon Bryant have had together?
I don’t really know. Everything would have had to come into place and we would have had to been healthy, but I think we could have been successful. He has a lot of discipline and would of done a good job. When he became coach, he turned a lot around.
Do you follow the BBL? Do you still have contact to your ex teammates?
It seems like you have played for the longest time, but your only 26. Crictics often say that you are too soft. Is this something that you are working on to improve?
That is funny that people say that, but I dont really know why. If I am too aggressive then it is wrong, because I get too many fouls. But at the end of the day when you look at my stats in Greece where I was top five rebounder or even back to Germany where I averaged just below 8 rebounds per game, I wouldnt really know how anyone could classify me as soft when I am fighting for rebounds each game.
Your from Los Angeles. Did you party with any players after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2009 NBA title?
I did not party with the players. I have been working out with the same personal trainer that Lamar Odom has and it is cool to go through the same exercises as what the Lakers do. It was great to see that the Lakers were able to put it all together last season. But it would have been interesting to see what the team could of done if they would have been 100% healthy.
Thanks Travon for chat and I hope that you find a team soon!