31 - Thomas Bryant

6-11, 250 Center
Indiana Sophomore
07/31/97 (23.2 yrs)
Rochester, NY
High School
Huntington Prep
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NBA Ready
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88 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Duane Causwell

Strengths: Thomas Bryant possesses incredible length (7’6” wingspan and 9’4 ½” standing reach) … Measured in at 6’11” with shoes at the 2017 NBA Combine … A threat from the perimeter … Smooth shot and form … Should be able to hit open looks from the NBA three-point line … Effective around the rim … Good finisher inside with a couple of post moves in his arsenal already … Length makes him a monster on the offensive glass … Can play through and above a crowd … Finishes above the rim despite not being a tremendous athlete … Gets up and down the court when engaged … Powerful dunker in transition … Really fast in the open court … Uses what advantage he has over defender to score … Comfortable playing away from the rim too … His combination of size and outside shooting are needed in today’s NBA … Young for a sophomore (19 years old and won’t turn 20 until September) … 
Weaknesses: Poor defender … Did not rebound as well on the defensive end as he did on the offensive end … Would not initiate contact or box out opponents much instead relying on his length to try and snag rebounds over players … Not the most mobile defender either … Just a stiff player laterally … Really struggled to defend pick-and-roll during his two years as a Hoosier … Still raw offensively in the post … Left hand is very weak and he does not use it often … Is not going to create his own offense … Not an explosive athlete … Will not wow you with his vertical ability … Lack of basketball IQ and feel for the game … Very turnover prone … Too often puts his head down and tries to force the action either with a shot or a bad pass … Has the length to deter shots at the rim, but has yet to prove to be elite at that part of defense …
Outlook: Bryant might not be selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he has the tools and potential to make his mark in the league with the right development. After raising eyebrows as a freshman, Bryant didn’t have as spectacular of a sophomore season at Indiana. Bryant was a high-profile recruit in the class of 2015 so the talent is definitely there for a team to tap if they bring him on board.

Brandon Jefferson 6/22/17

Strengths: Possesses great length with a 7’5 wingspan, a 9’3.5 standing reach and solid athleticism … Competitor. Plays with great intensity, passion, and aggression … Hustles hard, runs the floor well … Great finisher around the basket … Finishes well in transition but also knows how to play in a half court setting … Great rebounder. Crashes the glass on offense. Does an excellent job of keeping the ball high on offensive rebounds and not letting smaller defenders get a hand on it … Can face up and shoot, all the way out to the three if the defender is sagging off … Reliable, good teammate who has the ability to put his team on his back … Active, doesn’t take plays off. Isn’t the type to stand around and wait for something to happen … Good defender. Active hands. Protects the paint, blocks shots, good help defender … Isn’t afraid to bang in the paint … His intensity and desire gives him a lot of promise as these are qualities you don’t often find in a talented young bigman …

Weaknesses: Not the most fluid or athletic player, but his great intensity helps combat this … His great length gives him shot blocking potential, however he lacks explosive leaping ability … Feet appear somewhat anchored to the floor as he isn’t good at moving laterally … Still needs to develop his low post game … While he makes a high percentage of his shots in the paint, he needs to develop his footwork and back to the basket game moving forward … He has made strides in filling out his frame over the past few years but still has room to get stronger …

Outlook: Indiana landed a good one in Thomas Bryant. He does have an unorthodox playing style, one coach described as “awkward but effective”. Bryant has done a great job against players who received more praise by evaluators, often times outplaying them. After losing five top 100 players last season, he has stepped up as the leader of a very talented Huntington Prep team and should contribute as soon as he arrives on campus at Indiana.

Notes: Excelled in April when given the opportunity to play in the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Invitational, and earning MVP of the Derby Classic … Measured 6’9.5 (with shoes) 217 lbs with a 7’4 wingspan at the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy …

Evan Tomes 11/13/15