In Wichita last week, he was on the floor at the Intrust Bank Center two hours before tipoff, working on his shot with assistant coach Jerrod Calhoun as his rebounder. Ditto Saturday's home game with Miami.
If the extra work is wearing on Bryant, you wouldn't know it by his minutes played - 89 of a possible 90 in those two games (the 85-80 win over Kansas State went two overtimes). And the end result was the highest-scoring two-game stretch of his career.
"It worked before the [Kansas State] game, so why not keep doing it?'' Bryant said. "Me and Coach Calhoun come in about 45 minutes before we're supposed to be out there and it gets me in the groove to where I start making some shots.''
Bryant has no idea how many shots he manages to get up in his new pregame ritual, but he says he probably makes about 100. Someone joked to him that, well, that probably means he's putting up about 1,000.
To his credit, Bryant was able to laugh at the notion and come back quickly. "No,'' he said, "I'd say 120.''
If there was a wake-up call as far as Bryant's shooting was concerned, it came the game before he began his new pregame ritual. And it wasn't just Bryant. In a loss at Mississippi State, Bryant and teammate Kevin Jones - by far the most experienced players on the team - were a combined 9-for-31 from the field and 1-for-12 on 3-pointers.
"We didn't even have to have the conversation. Coach [Huggins] took care of that himself,'' Bryant said. "He said, 'We aren't going to win with you guys missing 20 shots.' It's just not going to happen.''
There are going to be games, of course, when Bryant doesn't make five 3-pointers and shoot the lights out. As anyone who follows this team - and Bryant - knows, he will still on occasion try to make plays when none are there to be made. He will get on a run and eventually take some shots that probably don't need to be taken, just to try and make something happen.
But he will also do what he's always done, which is work his tail off. And lately that means doing it when many of his teammates are just arriving to get taped.
"It's been paying off and it's something I'm going to stick with,'' Bryant said.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.