DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Los Angeles Lakers
About Thomas Bryant
Bryant knew he wasn’t ready for the NBA after his productive freshman season, so he returned to Indiana and went to work. His grasp of basic fundamentals and how to utilize his particular gifts and skill set improved dramatically as a sophomore, and despite being just 19, he also developed into a team leader. Bryant also turned himself into a very good perimeter shooter with range to the college 3-point line. Working hard to reach goals won’t be a problem for Bryant at the next level.
- NBA body
- 7-foot-6 wingspan
- Works offensive boards
- Has developed face-up game with range
- Not an explosive athlete
- Needs to take better defensive advantage of his length
- Footwork in the post needs improvement
NBA projection: Bryant entered the Draft without hiring an agent. He’s projected as a second-round pick but has the option of returning to school.
Bryant was a third-team All-Big Ten pick by the media and the league’s coaches after leading the Hoosiers in rebounding and blocked shots and finishing third in scoring. He put together some outstanding performances, including 31 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State, 23 points against Purdue’s massive front line, and 23 points and 12 boards against Northwestern.
Key statistics: 12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.3 tpg, 1.5 bpg, 28.1 mpg, .519 FG, .383 3PT, .730 FT
Career Highlights: A two-time third-team All-Big Ten selection who holds the IU career-record for field goal percentage at 59.2 percent. A Preseason All-American as a sophomore by Blue Ribbon Magazine and NBCSports.com. The Big Ten’s leader in field goal percentage as a freshman (68.3). Played in the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-American game as a high school senior. Participated in the 2013 USA Basketball Developmental National Team minicamp for 48 of the nation’s top high school players.
Cool statistic: Bryant set career highs in points (31), rebounds (13), assists (four), blocked shots (five) and steals (three) in his sophomore season.
Reminds me of: Tyler Zeller
What Insiders Say
Former Indiana coach Tom Crean
“Thomas is getting more fundamental around the rim. He's getting more fundamental on the drive and more fundamental on the 3. And he's getting better with his free throw shooting. And then he's got to work that much harder tomorrow to keep that going.”
What Outsiders Say
Purdue coach Matt Painter
"Thomas Bryant puts you in binds. He is a versatile player, not just someone who plays on the low block. And, they have good athletes around him."
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