Bryce Bass is one of the best players from the Houston, Texas area in the Class of 2024.
The 6-foot-2 Bass, who attends Dueitt Middle School, is a dynamic athlete that plays as a forward and center for the Texas Footwork Bengals.
No matter the opponent, every game Bass is determined to give it his all.
Bass is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Bass steps between the lines.
“I feel like I am good at being a center but I strive to be a small forward,” Bass said. “I believe I have the talent to play on the perimeter. I want the opponent to have to grind for everything they get while I’m out there.”
Bass has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Bass tells why he enjoys playing basketball so much.
“The thing I enjoy the most about playing basketball is the competition and drive to get better every day.” Bass said. “Winning is the best feeling. There’s nothing that compares to being in the locker room after a big-time win.”
Bass has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing basketball has taught me so much about life in general,” Bass said. “Playing basketball has taught me that if you play your best, life will eventually show you results.”
Bass recalls his favorite basketball memory.
“Me playing basketball at the Boys and Girls club in Mississippi. I played and won the first game that I took seriously,” Bass said. “It gave me the passion to take basketball for real so that moment means a lot to me.”
Anthony Stephens is Bass’ coach for the Texas Footwork Bengals.
Stephens explains the best parts of Bass’ game on the hardwood.
“Bryce plays the center position. He’s our best rim protector. He’s a beast on defense for us in the paint. No one gets any easy buckets when he’s on the floor,” Stephens said. “The techniques I like about his position would be the following: 1. He’s our best post defender. 2. He’s has great timing when blocking shots.”
Bass takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bass makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by trying to encourage my teammates as often as possible and lead by example,” Bass said. “The best advice that I give is that people will always say things to discourage you but you can’t let them. Don’t let people get you down.”
Stephens adds that Bass is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He demonstrates leadership by relating well with others. Although this is Bryce first year on the team, he gets along with everyone,” Stephens said. “Everyone calls him O.G. and he’s truly wise beyond his years.”
Bass is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person on and off the field and court,” Bass said. “They talk to us about taking care of our business in life and show appreciation to our parents and be thankful for their sacrifice. They tell us to work just as hard in the classroom as you do on the court.”
Stephens is an advocate of Bass’ capabilities.
“One example of big plays or game he had for us, Bryce blocked five shots in a game. We only had six players to participate in this particular tournament. He gave us great production that helped us win it all,” Stephens said. “We wouldn’t have the success we do without his contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Bass is developing a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Bass is growing into excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He uses his basketball IQ to make the right basketball plays. He is aggressive and puts himself in the right spots on the court,” Stephens said. “He’s learning how to make the right choices.”
Bass is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Bryce has a great work ethic. He’s always willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Stephens said. “This demonstrates a positive example for his peers to follow.”
Stephens explains why he compares Bass to this player.
“The pro player I compare him to is Jarrett Allen,” Stephens said. “He has a long wingspan and challenges everything in the paint.”
Bass patterns his mentality on the court after this two-time NBA Finals MVP.
“I look up to Kevin Durant and how he plays different positions,” Bass said. “I hope to be as versatile of a player as he is.”
Bass is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On the court I want to be the best player I can. Off the court I want to be the best man I can be,” Bass said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do as a player and person.”
Bass explains his collegiate aspirations.
“My dream college is LSU because my mom wanted to play there,” Bass said. “If not LSU I would still like to go to a college like LSU to continue playing.”
Bass lists science as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject in school is science because I like to do experiments,” Bass said. “Science is a very interesting subject that helps you to understand the world around you.”
Stephens outlines the areas of improvement that will take Bass to the next level on the hardwood.
“The areas of improvement that I’m working on him with would be the following: 1. Post moves 2. Free-throw shooting 3. Footwork/strength,” Stephens said. “He can get better at these skills just by doing simple big man drills, push-ups and squats, and playing.”
Stephens believes the sky is the limit as long as Bass continues to stay hungry.
“Bryce has the potential to play college ball,” Stephens said. “He just needs to stay focused.”
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