As Covenant's point guard and senior leader, DeNeil Bryant helps get his Eagles ready to go before game time.
"He just really motivates us before the game and he leads by example, so if he's going hard then we know the rest of the team will go hard, too," says fellow senior Trenton Jenkins.
But motivating his team is not all Bryant does before the opening tip. In ninth grade, he started singing the anthem before Eagles' home games.
"The first time I was really nervous," he says. "I was just like 'I hope I don't forget the words,' because I've seen so many people forget the words that were professionals that have been singing all their life. I just don't want to be that person who forgets the words and it goes viral and all that."
Jenkins said the first time he heard Bryant sing was when he was warming up before the game back in ninth grade.
"I just didn't know he could sing like that," Jenkins said. "It took me back a little bit because I always knew him as the jock basketball player, but he can actually sing a little bit too."
Bryant has been singing in church since he was five years old. He's also on the chapel music team and in the choir at Covenant. But his musical talents go beyond singing. The Covenant senior is also a self-taught piano player.
"It just really shows his dedication to a number of things in his life and how he managed to balance all of his priorities and everything," Jenkins said.
Bryant is currently talking to a few schools about playing basketball in college. He says he's chosen to focus on basketball more as he's gotten older, and doesn't always sing the anthem before games. But when he does sing, Bryant enjoys the reactions he gets.
"My classmates are just like a big 'wow, I didn't know you could sing.' And then my teammates, most of my teammates are very supportive of me and they just want me to do the best at whatever I do. I'm blessed to be well-rounded as much as I am."
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