Thanks in large part to the unyielding support of her mother, Kassandra Irvin-Sharp, Bryanna Sharp would be the first to tell you that earning the chance to put her immense basketball skills on display at the collegiate level is something about which has dreamt for the past decade or so.
Nettleton (Ark.) High’s Bryanna Sharp aiming to boost stock with trips to Carolina and Texas looming
April 2, 2016 by Leave a Comment
When all else fails, Bryanna Sharp makes it a point to keep herself in high spirits.
After all, because sports occasionally teach athletes the importance of life’s lessons — most notably the benefits of thriving and basking in the glow of their element — Sharp deems it necessary to partake in the essential strategies with regards to staying sharp and poised as an athlete.
Or ever since she first picked up a basketball at the age of “four or five” her mother told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week.
Fortunately for the 15-year-old Jonesboro (Ark.) Nettleton High sophomore, she will surely be afforded the golden opportunity to make a favorable impression upon college scouts and recruiters as she readies for what undoubtedly will be a busy offseason on the AAU circuit as a member of the Arkansas Hoopsters.
“I’m going to be playing AAU, working out, and getting stronger in my weak areas (this summer),” Bryanna Sharp said. “Because basketball is my passion. Plus, I adore my three sisters, so I would like to continue the trend and play college basketball like them.”
Because basketball obviously is in her family’s DNA, chances are Bryanna — widely known as “Bre” — has been birthed with a notable advantage, of sorts, particularly as it relates to persevering toward her goals and ambition as student athlete.
Bryanna is a member of a Jason Smith coached Nettleton team that not only enjoyed a memorable postseason run en route to finishing 27-4 on the year. But that she plays for a perennial Arkansas basketball powerhouse has become a revolving door, or sorts, for scouts and recruiters could benefit her mightily in the coming years.
All of which means, among other things, that Bryanna is faced with the monumental opportunity of generating the necessary exposure she needs to fulfill her lofty dreams of playing major college basketball.
All of which means that when all else fails, she makes it a point to keep herself in high spirits.
“I just want to get the opportunity to show my talent at the next level,” Bryanna Sharp said. “The kind of player they will be inheriting is one who’s coachable, unselfishness, and a go getter type of player.”
While she contends that her sophomore season wasn’t particularly one she fully enjoyed, particularly as it relates to upgrading her mechanics, Bryanna
Sharp is destined to remain optimistic, considering she has plenty of time to draw rave reviews from college coaches.
Luckily for Bryanna, she’ll get her chance time and again this summer to boost her recruiting stock, considering she has been offered invites to camps in Texas and North Carolina.
You best believe this vibrant, enthused kid who boasts lofty aspirations of following in the footsteps of her sisters will take advanatage of both occasions.
“They will know as a point guard that I have a good basketball IQ,” said Bryanna, devising ways to keep herself in high spirits yet again. “I can read the floor well. I have a lock down defense. I’m a very hard worker and I’m open-minded to learn.”
So from where exactly did this array confidence come?
“I’m extremely excited and I must keep her focus, because I’ve seen the vision,” Kassandra Irvin-Sharp said.
As far as her daughter’s basketball skills go, her mother doesn’t shy away from the notion that she can still see her daughter’s vision of playing at the collegiate level.
Just like her big sisters.
One to go.
“After she was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age 11, I felt like she can be a witness to (others) that no matter what a person goes through, they can still live out their dream.”
Something about which Bre is doing at this very moment.
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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.