Darryl “Truck” Bryant arrived in the Czech Republic to play professionally with BK Beosan Kolin on December 4, and has been making a serious impact ever since.
In his seven games with BK Beosan Kolin, Bryant is second on the team in both points and assists, with 13.6 and 3.7 respectively.
Despite media reports listing Bryant as a player coming off the bench, he is the starting point guard and actually leads the team in minutes per game, playing 28.7 per contest.
“Yeah, it says that on Eurobasket, but that’s not right,” Bryant jokes about being listed as a reserve. “I’m the starting point guard. I don’t even remember my last time coming off the bench.”
Bryant is shooting 48 percent from the field, connecting on 36 of 75 shots, and netting three three-pointers in 15 attempts.
Heis making the most of his time on the floor in recent weeks. In his most recent game against MMCITE Brno, Bryant scored 24 points and added five assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes in a victory for BK Beosan Kolin.
The game prior to that, he played 38 minutes scoring 20 points, with six assists and four rebounds in a loss to USK Praha.
His best effort of the season came in his sixth game with the team where he scored 33 points, and contributed six assists and five rebounds in an 87-74 win against Usti nad Labem on January 3. This effort earned him Eurobasket.com player of the week honors, a recognition that he hopes to build on.
“My reaction to that was I need some more player of the week’s,” he said. “I like how I had a post on Eurobasket.”
Bryant credits his teammates and the offense he plays for his impressive numbers over the last several games.
“The style of play fits me well because it’s a lot of pick and roll situations,” he explained. “My teammates help by finding me in my spots.”
Just as every other Bob Huggins player says, the defense he learned under Huggins during his time at West Virginia University has given him the mindset of always focusing on defense as well. Bryant is tied for second on the team averaging 1.1 steals per game.
“Coach Huggins has me with defense always on my mind,” Bryant said. “He taught me how to be a real point guard.”
BK Kolin, coached by Benacek Predrag, is 8-17 on the season, and 3-5 since Bryant joined the team, earning them the tenth spot in the standings.
“For us to move up in the standings, we just need to keep practicing hard and believe in each other,” he said.
During his time with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, as well as Furstenfeld Panthers in Austria, Darryl Bryant has always maintained his nickname “Truck.”
“Fans and people everywhere always call me Truck,” Bryant explained. “Even now my coach does here.”
Truck Bryant is enjoying his time in the Czech Republic and believes that the team can continue to improve and move up in the standings.
“We are getting better everyday,” he said. “I’m living good and I like it here a lot.”