Film Session: Ottawa

  • 11/05/2015 9:55 am in

In Indiana’s uneven, yet convincing victory against the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Monday night, there was at least one constant: freshman Thomas Bryant’s energy.

His seven-foot frame and massive wingspan were all over the court on both offense and defense. He ran the floor. He blocked shots. He guarded the perimeter. He offensive rebounded, keeping possessions alive for his teammates and himself.

In the inaugural edition of Film Session for the 2015-2016 season, we’ll take a look at some of Bryant’s energy during the beginning of Indiana’s final 10 minutes of play. It was a stretch where the Hoosiers began a 25-3 run to close out the game and the freshman’s effort was a big part of it.

Off an Indiana miss, the Gee-Gees push the ball up the floor. Mike L’Africain passes it up to Caleb Agada. Yogi Ferrell is in pursuit of the ball as Bryant is the second Hoosier heading back:


As Agada makes a move to the hoop, Ferrell has a good angle to get in front of him. Bryant continues to pursue:


As Agada looks to put the ball in the hole, he slows, which allows Bryant enough time to catch up:


He comes through and puts a Euro step on Ferrell, which takes him out of a block opportunity. But Bryant times his pursuit perfectly and blocks the shot:


The Gee-Gees end up retaining possession and L’Africain misses a 3-pointer. A now discombobulated IU defense leaves Mehdi Tihani open. He receives the pass:


Bryant is the one that ends up sprinting to close out on the shooter. The ball ends up splashing in, however. It pulled Ottawa within six points, the closest it would get the rest of the night:


In this defensive sequence, the seven-foot Bryant completed a chase down block, interior defense and a close out to the perimeter. Active stuff.

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    very good example of the effort, hustle, and athleticism of TB. equally important, he did not get into foul trouble. of course he’ll be going up against way more physical front courts, but so far so good!

  • TomJameson

    Bellarmine will be a lot more physical. Remember, they are ranked #1 in Division II. They may not be as talented as Ottawa, but (I think) they are bigger, and CTC said more physical. We’ll learn a bit more after that game. LOL

  • Aparicio11

    Bryant already looks like 10 miles ahead of Hanner as a junior.

  • SilentBob

    Really gotta love the toughness Bryant showed in fighting for those rebounds. Obviously wanna see him finish better when the big boys are around, but that grit he has was missing from this team big time last year.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    in every facet, both on and off the stat sheet. and i’d even say the same for his rebound buddy, MB.

  • would still be nice having such a beast coming off the bench

  • mckillio

    Love the hustle and he seems to have innate rebounding skill. For instance on the second page the shot comes from the left and he goes to the right and it went right to him and it didn’t feel like luck.

  • Aparicio11

    True, he had potential he just always looked a deer in the headlights.

  • Ole Man

    Now that that’s out of your system, can we not make that comparison again this year?
    Bryant is Bryant. Hanner is gone.

  • Ole Man

    I’d take a Senior Hanner over a Senior Max all day long.

  • MM

    After the Haunted Hall of Hoops, I was pretty disappointed with Bryant as a rebounder (I remember him only having maybe 2 rebounds compared to Max’s 9 for the other team), but he certainly bounced back and showed the grit/determination that I hoped he would bring to the glass.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Unfortunately Yogi’s defense on the first film study absolutely stunk start to finish. Glad a freshman covered for him.

  • indigodoc

    When did Bryant become a 7 footer? I’ve always seen him listed at 6’10”.

  • Jrod

    When he came to IU

  • SilentBob

    I’d like to combine the two. Put Max’s IQ and grit into Hanners body. That’s an all American right there lol

  • SilentBob

    But really it’d be nice if we could have both. It terms of backing up Thomas I’d rather had Hanner, especially when we start facing bigger teams, but at the four I’m starting to lean towards Max. Yet I’m not hopping on the Max bandwagon, as far as thinking we got some crazy steal here like others think. He is a solid basketball player, but I’m still incredibly nervous about what happens when Thomas goes to the bench.

  • disqus_Y0IHORLcBP

    He didn’t do a great job closing out on the shooter in the first one, but not terrible. Other than that I don’t see what you’re talking about. That was not his man on the last film – he correctly recognized that a big man was there to help and if he hedged he was just going to leave his man wide open and likely foul the driver.

  • Steve Shoda

    Hanner loved the bottle more than basketball. He gone.

  • straight no chaser

    That’s deep, man, very deep!

  • marcusgresham

    Bellarmine has a couple of 6’10 guys (one of whom is 240,) a 6’9, guy, and a 6’8 freshman from Evansville Memorial.

  • Ole Man

    Totally agree. He’s solid; not superman.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yeah, but we have the incredible 6′ 9″ Vanilla Prilla.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Lol! Dude, what are you going to do when Yogi graduates? I’m assuming you won’t comment on here anymore…

  • bleeding crimson

    Good job Ryan as always on the film break down. I really enjoy looking at what actually happens and the commentary. Keep up the good work.

  • sam

    Did that statement make you feel better? Not called for…

  • Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd US President.

    Ms. Lippy’s car is green.

    Non-sequiturs are fun!

  • the discrepancy represents his full potential

  • Zach

    Hey I know him! Adam Eberhard! He went to my high school

  • Oldguyy

    I wish they listed standing reach for everyone. IMO, it’s more informative than either height or wingspan. Zeller was a 7 footer, but his standing reach was 8’10” at the draft combine. Bryant’s standing reach a year ago was 9’4″, according to USA Basketball.

  • MK

    He looked like a deer in headlights what is wrong with saying that

  • Aparicio11

    Hanner couldn’t stay out of foul trouble and often looked lost on defense when he wasn’t blocking shots. I think Max will fit into this team concept well and will man up on some of the B1G forwards.

  • Aparicio11

    I could’ve said he appeared to not know where he was supposed to be on the court some of the time. That’s more basketball, less personal. But, you guys know what I’m sayin’.

  • Jeremy

    I hugely disagree.

  • Jeremy

    I think we miss Holt big time but Hanner I just never saw anything in him.