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Frost Heaves pick John Bryant with first round pick

October 16, 2008 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Vermont Frost Heaves News Release

South Burlington, VT. The Vermont Frost Heaves selected John Bryant, a 6-foot-7 power forward with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 PBL draft held today in Chicago. John is returning for his thrid season with the Frost Heaves and was a key figure in the Frost Heaves inaugural championship season. As an anchor of Vermont's frontline in their first year, John averaged 4.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.

In john's second season with the Frost Heaves he played in 27 of the 39 games as the Heaves won their second championship in a row. John was sidelined in the final weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. He averaged more than 19 minutes a game, six points, 6.6 rebounds, more than one steal and one block per game. He hit 51.5 percent from the floor for the Heaves, which posted a 37-4 record.

John attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and was a member of one of the most successful classes in St. Joseph's history, winning 96 games over his collegiate career. During his five seasons on Hawk Hill, St. Joe's made five postseason appearances, three in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT. In 2003-04 he was a starter in all but three games for the St. Joe's team that went undefeated in the regular season and was ranked number one in the nation. John's unselfish play earned him school awards for spirit and loyalty. After graduation he moved on to the Newcastle Eagles of the British Basketball League, where he helped lead the team to all four of the titles it's possible to win in Great Britain: the BBL Cup, the BBL Trophy, the BBL regular-season championship, and the BBL playoff championship.

With the Frost Heaves second round pick (14th overall) the Frost Heaves selected Taylor Lay, a 6'7" 225 lb small forward who played for the Shamrock Rovers in the Irish Super League last season. Taylor led the IRL Super League in scoring averaging 33.3 points per game, 16.9 rebonds per game and 2.1 assists per game. Taylor played his college ball at UNC Wilmington through the 2006 season.

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