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BYU Basketball’s Elijah Bryant will leave school, turn pro

Elijah Bryant posted a YouTube video called “My Journey to Professional Basketball.”

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Not an EB&J subscriber? Then you just missed some news from junior guard Elijah Bryant. He published a video to the YouTube channel Wednesday morning titled, “My Journey to Professional Basketball.”

The video is just under two minutes and features footage of Elijah Bryant playing basketball as a young child, and talking about his journey all the way from balling as a youngster at the YMCA, to excelling at BYU. He describes basketball as a ‘lifelong journey of connecting the dots,’ and says that he looks forward to continuing to do so.

He goes on to say that he will be pursuing his childhood dream of playing in the NBA. “I’ve graduated from BYU, and look forward to connecting more dots with great people around the world. Follow my journey as I chase my dreams,” he says.

BYU made the news official Wednesday morning (the morning of Bryant’s 23rd birthday) with a press release stating that Bryant will in fact declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent, forfeiting his senior year of eligibility. “Over the last three years, he was not only a great player and leader on the court but represented the university and our program in a way that made us all proud. We wish him the very best as he pursues his childhood dream of becoming a professional basketball player,” Coach Dave Rose says in the release.

In his junior season, Bryant averaged 18.2 points per game, and 6.3 rebounds. He was named to the All-WCC First Team for 2017-18. He led BYU’s scorers in 17 games, and was a team captain, along with Luke Worthington.

We here at Vanquish the Foe wish Bryant the very best of luck, and will certainly miss seeing him on the court for BYU.