Video: Thomas Bryant talks Indiana commitment

  • 04/09/2015 6:38 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man Thomas Bryant is one of the participants in this weekend’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

The teams arrived in the Derby city earlier today and practiced at Male high school. Inside the Hall was there and caught up with Bryant before practice for a lengthy interview, which covered a variety of topics, including his recent announcement that he’ll play for the Hoosiers next season:

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  • thrawnjan

    Sounds like IU really wants Thomas to be vocal from day one. 😀

  • Zach

    I assume he means focal point as in an emphasis placed on him? He kept saying vocal point haha but he can be a communicator too!

  • IU track Alumni

    That’s what I’m talking about. Good job Coach Martin!

  • Bill Graham

    I like that he’s well spoken and I also like the energy he plays with. One thing we have to consider is this league is changing. OSU has Giddens coming in, Maryland has Stone coming in, Ilinois has Ilikainen, MSU will prob have Swanigan, not to mention PU’s bigs coming back. The bigs should equalize each other out. I’m not one to speculate at this point of who’s the best out of all of those. Thankfully our guard play will be superior…ya Melo is coming back and Irvin and Levert are back but overall we got them shooters!

  • Rosco73

    Agree with you 100%. The bigs are coming back to the Big Ten! Should be some fun basketball to watch.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Chuck Martin has been amazing since he came. Got Holt, Juwan, OG, and Thomas Bryant in less than a year. He definitely filled the Kenny Johnson void that I thought would really hurt us. Props to him and I’m super-pumped to watch these guys play.

  • inLinE6

    I obviously like Coach Martin but we can’t give all credit to one person. Especially with OG and Juwan, they’re from Steve McClain’s territory. And I’m sure Coach Crean is crucial to these recruits and the ultimate deciding factor.

  • Seems like a great kid who’s really looking forward to working hard and contributing. And that confidence is refreshing. Can’t wait until next season.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I know. Im not taking anything away from them. Just showing some appreciation for our newest assistant coach.

  • IUBizmark

    Not looking to be 1 and done straight from Thomas Bryant. I’d love two years of this guy.

  • FYI – Illikainen isn’t a true big and he’s going to Wisconsin.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If he can put on the weight that Vonleh in the summer between his freshman year, I think he could put up similar numbers (maybe more blocks, fewer rebounds).

  • MadMaxfor3

    “You only get to do this once. Why rush it?” love this comment! He’s a lot calmer in this interview. Definitely nervous last time

  • Bill Graham

    Jeez Alex, you act like you run the site or something. Regardless, I will repeat my usual line that I tell my girlfriend, “I stand corrected.”

  • Dbur72

    This guy is fantastic! Really like him. Welcome!