• IU track Alumni

    When the new rankings come out he should move up a little after this week. He can compete with the best in this class! Its crazy to think we could possibly have 3 AA on this team!

  • IU22

    We need this kid!

  • 0:40… oh my…

  • MadMaxfor3

    That under the rim dunk made my eyes get really big. I love the way he physically gets to the rim and finishes. Also when he locked up Mr. Diamond Stone and took his cookies was cool as well. Go get him CTC!

  • Hoosier Hall

    He’s athletic (not ultra athletic but decent) and moves well. He seems to be strong with the ball and knows how to use his size. Just like any other freshman, he’ll need work and some polish but he would be a starter from day one. 10 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks per game averages would be awesome.

  • SCHoosier

    I just really hope TB understands the opportunity he will have at IU.

  • ForeverIU

    I like that he knows Rob and James “real well”. Good company to keep, and I trust he has the same work ethic.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Didnt realize he had that good of a stroke too. This kid is awesome. We are going to be a force with him, and he will be the COG to the wheel

  • robmac10

    Anyone else notice his delay in trying to come up with reasons why he likes IU versus how quickly he said his reasons for other schools? And how he listed off the schools still remaining (i.e. ‘Cuse, Mizzou, IU)? Or am I just reading way too much into the phrasing?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    kid looks really good. i have a bad feeling big blue’s coming. unless TM decides not to go to KS

  • IU22

    you’re over thinking it.

  • Khoosier3

    DRATS! I saw his Red Jacket and thought that might be a good sign! Camera Zooms Out… McD’s Jacket… Theory BUSTED!

  • SilentBob

    I have no preposterous ready available comparisons for this dude. Body wise maybe a shorter Patrick Ewing? I haven’t really seen someone play quite like Bryant. I’m not saying that as some ultra compliment. I’m saying that as merely I have no comparison for my feeble minded brain to fall on lol

  • MadMaxfor3

    A more polished Noah Vonleh would be my comparison. If you have looked at this guys measurements you should. 7’5.5″ reach! That’s an inch longer than Vonleh

  • SilentBob

    But if this dude is playing at 240 already with those broad shoulders he could get well above 250 maybe even 260 by the time he is done. Dude is a man. Second to my want for him here is my wish for him not to go to UK. I really like his personality and style of play. Do not wish to root against him. UK with all their players I hate, always seem to bring one player who I really like each year (MKG, Poythress, Randle, Ulis) and I really hope that doesn’t happen this year lol.

  • SilentBob

    Not bad. Body wise Noah seems to have more lower body strength while this guy has more upper body strength. Noah was a bit more athletic in terms of speed and hops I think. Noah also has the cleaner stroke and guard like skills outside the paint. Pretty sure Vonleh crossed Kaminsky in a game once lol and I know he did Nerlens Noel in high school. But yea Thomas seems to be the more polished most player at this point but they attack the the glass with similar ruthlessness.

  • And “I want to get to know Troy better” or something to that effect. Best way to get to know Troy is to play on the same team.

  • Kid’s strong: he got hacked at about :25 and managed to put it up and in. And, he reminds me of Purdue’s bigs shoving players around in the post.

  • kaponya44

    I hope you’re right..I had the same feeling.I want to be wrong in not feeling 100% sold on our chances despite IU having a lot to offer in the way of immediate playing time to be earned. ..I cant shake this feeling Missouri may sneak out the commit.They get mentioned but the talk centers on IU,SU,and pUKe.That unsettles me a little.I was wrong on OG most recently and hope I am with Bryant.lol

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I saw the same thing. Man I would hate to lose this young man. Come to b-town, Big Tom!

  • Rosco73

    Wonder how his relationship with Hanner will be..

  • SeeingRed

    I never know what to really think about practice video. Everything and everyone looks like they’re moving at half speed. If the game tonight gets any full speed/full effort moments (usually few and far between in this game) maybe we’ll get a better idea of how he looks against his peers.

    He looks to be a strong kid and the jumper looks pretty darn natural coming out of his hands. Both excellent traits to bring to Bloomington. We got some minutes, Thomas. Come and get ’em.

  • BobbyBeGoodKnight

    Just read on NBC sports: “I’m looking at which guys that are still there, know the system,” Bryant said. “Coaches that really want me to be there as a focal point of their offensive system. I just want to know that if I’m going to school, I’m going to get better there.” It appears we meet the requirements.

  • inLinE6

    It doesn’t matter. Wisconsin had none AA’s. Just a matter of how we assemble the team.

  • inLinE6

    I guess Hanner won’t be super excited but he failed to prove himself on the big stage so far. We can’t afford to bet on Hanner for another year. IMHO, when Bryant commits, there will be another transfer announced quickly. If Hanner wants to maintain his minutes he’d have to play in a smaller program.

  • inLinE6

    I disagree. He’s great but definitely not more polished than Vonleh and Vonleh was younger back then. Vonleh had great hands and handled the ball well. He moved quicker and probably played smarter too. Vonleh’s not as strong but always boxed out and positioned himself for the rebound. And don’t forgot about his 3-point shooting. If I remember correctly, Vonleh was ranked 3rd in 2014 class before reclassifying to 2013, which, he was ranked 8th overall.

  • inLinE6

    Ha, you’re right. All Kentucky guys he’s looking at, will be gone. He won’t know who he’ll be playing with next year. It can be a really good team, or a really bad team.

  • inLinE6

    He’s great but not the traditional bigs that Crean heavily favored. He seemed to dominate down low with authority, but not mobile enough for fast breaks. But he definitely helps in half court offensive sets.

  • mc2030

    I thought he talked the most about IU and showed that his interest is real and is based on relationships with Crean and several key players. I thought it sounded like IU is his favorite

  • MadMaxfor3

    Noah was one of the most unpolished post players I’ve ever seen. He had a decent baby hook and that was it. He literally had zero advanced post moves. So yes I would say more polished. Watch his foot work in some tape and you’ll see it.

  • Bill Graham

    Needs to add muscle and quickness. Otherwise looks okay. I hope people aren’t expecting Vonleh or Zeller type stats. He’ll be a serviceable big and should help shooters get spacing, be decent on the boards, and give us a low post option. I don’t see him as a dominant big though. At least not immediately.

  • Bill Graham

    As long as he doesn’t end up at UK im fine. I’m sick and tired of all this undefeated talk. Who cares. They play in the SEC! Last time I checked the SEC’s 2nd best team was Arkansas! and they didn’t even make it to the sweet 16! The big ten has two teams in the final four!!! not to mention the year we went undefeated we played against another big ten team (Michigan). Ok ya so they beat Notre Dame on a miracle three by Harrison. So what? Dekker and Kaminsky are on their way to Indy with paddles in hand. Uk is gonna get spanked. Anyway this quickly turned into a UK rant. Regardless, Come to a real conference TB and come play for the only true home of college basketball!

  • SeeingRed

    Yeah, I don’t think Thomas looks like a usual “Crean style” big but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing — I like the idea of a traditional post player added to the mix. He doesn’t run the floor like Zeller or Vonleh and is going to have to work hard on his body and conditioning to get up and down the court the way Crean likes it done. I’m sure he realizes that. Guys here develop physically — definitely a program strong point for guys with next level aspirations.

  • iuoiu

    Hey, never feel bad about UK rants….never. And the ND game proved one thing – there is no way UK is talking undefeated if they played in any decent conference like the BIG or ACC.

  • Ben thorne

    I may be way off, but I feel like I just watched a video of EH plus a short jump shot

  • Hoosier Pride

    in another interview i saw this week he mentioned IU first. i think its easy to see his nerves while being interviewed, probably something he is not accustomed to like these other high profile guys who have documentaries on youtube. which i honestly like, his mother seems to keep him grounded and the relationship between his mother and our coaches is the only one he mentioned.

  • Erik Holm

    And, UK didn’t even play an away game at Arkansas. To date, they’ve played 1 (Notre Dame) team that will finish the season in the top ten. And, they only won by 2 points. The 1976 IU team had 8 wins against teams that finished in the top 10.
    Maybe Louisville will end up ranked around 10…but you can see the difference in SOS. After they lose Saturday, they’ll be shown for what they really are. I welcome these rants.

  • MadMaxfor3

    Good evaluation. I agree with everything really lol. The three point shot is great and if Thomas has one then it’s even better but I hope he doesn’t take a lot of them cause that should mean he’s banging down low in the post where we really need the help. We have a plethora of 3 pt shooters who will space the floor for him and I love that he points that out in one of the comments!

  • SilentBob

    Yupp all I hope for his he has a good enough stroke to hit free throws. That will be a big time plus if we add him. Zeller and Vonleh were outstanding free throw shooters for their position (75.5% and 71.6% respectively). Zeller attempted 216 free throws as a freshmen and 259 as a sophomore. Vonleh attempted only 134 (due to poor spacing) in 231 less minutes than Zeller’s freshmen year. For comparison Hanner, Emmitt, and Collin only attempted 158 combined free throws for a combined 58%. That’s turrible as Charles Barkley would say. With our spacing improving and his inside game Bryant would get to the line a lot. If he can shoot it somewhere between 68% and 72% to go along with his rebounding and defense then he will be a HUGE addition. Plus Thomas has the upper body strength and arms to finish through contact. Hopefully he has the touch too.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yeaaa, but don’t ya feel better after doing it ? It’s goood for the soul. A pUKe rant is NEVER a bad thing, but rather a GOOD thing. If it would help, I’d be more than willing to go on a pUKe rant just to prove that what I’m saying is true. lol

  • bojak

    Just watch TB play in a game for Huntington Prep. I think this kid is the real deal. He looks like a good one. I also watched Swaningon(spelling) play in his high school title game last week end and he didn’t impress me. The announcers said that TB is leaning towards Indiana. I sure hope so.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Or we could play Hanner at his natural 4 position. We could play a starting line-up of

    PG – Yogi
    SG – JBJ
    SF – Troy
    PF – Hanner
    C – Bryant

    That would balance a great shooting backcourt with great defensive length. That would also go a long way in making our two biggest weaknesses (interior defense and rebounding) new strengths next season. The biggest problem that would create is teams would be able to collapse on Bryant in the post if Troy was consistently relied on to space the floor.

    It is more likely that we would play 3 guards again or maybe put Hartman in that starting PF role on defense while having him play on the perimeter on the offensive end.