Thomas Bryant returning to Indiana for sophomore season

  • 04/07/2016 10:16 am in

Indiana freshman big man Thomas Bryant will return to school for his sophomore season, according to reports from Evan Daniels of, Jeff Goodman of and Jon Rothstein of

Inside the Hall has confirmed that Bryant indeed will return to Bloomington for a second season.

Bryant, a unanimous Big Ten All-freshman team selection, averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He shot 70.7 percent on 2-point field goals last season, which ranked fourth in the country.

“Being a part of IU basketball is special and I’m excited to continue my development as a person and as a basketball player under Coach Crean,” Bryant said in a statement. “The bond I have with my teammates and coaches is strong.  Our plan is to continue to work hard and build off of the many great things we did last year and add to the tradition here.”

In Indiana’s NCAA tournament round of 32 win over Kentucky, Bryant scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the Hoosiers beat the Wildcats, 73-67.

Bryant was named a third team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches.

The Rochester, New York native was mentioned as a possible first round pick by many who cover the NBA draft closely and was ranked No. 26 in the latest top 100 by Chad Ford of

An NBA scout told Inside the Hall last week that Bryant could go anywhere from 20 to 45 in the draft if he declared and many expected him to at least test the NBA draft waters, a possibility now under new NCAA rules.

Under the new format, underclassmen can declare for the NBA draft, participate in the NBA draft combine and workout for a team and still maintain their eligibility provided they do not hire an agent.

Junior forward Troy Williams, who is expected to graduate in May, still hasn’t announced a decision on his future.

Williams could opt to test the waters and participate in the combine, which is being held May 11-15 in Chicago. Most players who have a shot at being invited to the combine are expected to declare for the draft and go through the process for both the experience and to gather feedback before making a final decision.

Bryant, however, has already decided to return for a second season in which the Hoosiers should once again open the season ranked in the top 15.

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  • I agree.. I guess my starting lineup assumes TW goes.. I really think that is likely, although I would like to see him stay. But yes, I also assume DD is for real. I mean, Mr. Basketball in Colorado.. While it doesn’t have quite the same ‘ring’ to it as Mr. Indiana B’Ball.. I’m sure he’s well above the normal kid coming out of HS. At one time when he was real young he was considered the Number 1 guy coming out of his class.. Like I think when he was a Freshman maybe, but … I really think he’s going to be ‘for real’…

  • INUnivHoosier

    Alright, Troy, you’ve given Thomas his day in the spotlight. Time for your announcement.

  • Yeah, I know, I should just consider the source, but to hammer Crean in an under handed way like that, just got to me.. and I guess what really ‘put it over the top’, was his suggestion that TW go to another school where he could get the coaching he needs to make it to the next level.. Now that is totally out of line, even for FIU. Personally I think the scotch is affecting his thought patterns and his love and loyalty for IU basketball.. He has really been coming up with some ‘off the wall’ commentary recently..

  • His outside shooting has improved dramatically, he is a better defensive rebounder, he is a much better ball handler, he is quicker in his first step.. That said, he still makes bad decisions with the ball. You take those away and you see a far different troy that the one that came here as a Freshman. But with every player, practice, maturity and physical growth in strength and confidence sometimes takes time. To say there aren’t things that they have Troy working on, to improve his game and that they’ve reached their ceiling with him is just totally off base.. And your viewpoint of it is extremely myopic to say the least. Honestly. thought, even with some of your off the wall view points, you had much better judgment that.

  • IULore

    What a tool. Syracuse was crap and got lucky, obviously not every team’s path is the same.

  • TomJameson

    Hahahaha .. now THAT’S a visual!

  • Koko

    Your reference to…”and on a wide scale”….is a generality. Give specifics. There were of course comments made during the process but bashing is not a word I would use to describe those comments. Sometimes your glee in trying to create an effect goes beyond the reality of what you are saying.

  • Koko

    I think there will be more changes to the current line up coming. As we can’t name names, my specifics would be
    three players on the current roster that could indeed decide to move on to more playing time with other teams. I think there are more “surprises” coming. The roster I’m talking about is the one you see if you click on the roster link above.

  • ForeverIU

    Listen, I’m not imagining. She became the butt of jokes. It was chatter. Do you want me to look up the threads? I don’t have time. You’ll have to either trust or ignore me on this one. Even until he signed they were saying that his mother is still holding on to the document and does not want him to go to IU. It’s a fact. Maybe some other regular poster can confirm.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Hello Boys and Girls. IU also has another 5 star quard scheduled to visit.

  • Koko

    How his mother reacted/acted towards his signing with IU was a moot point the moment he signed onto our team. But now that he gives us all the thrill and excitement of coming back for another year you decide to bring up some misconceived idea she was being bashed. How does that fit into the great news that he is coming back? It doesn’t. From this point on I will choose to ignore you on this attempt of creating an effect.

  • Koko

    Just saw that Carter is testing the NBA waters without an agent.

  • Gregory Spera

    Assuming Bryant is now penciled in for 30+ minutes a game, that should mean that Davis will be getting the bulk of his court time at power forward. A Bryant, Davis, OG front line is as big and athletic as any in the country. Time to bring the pain.

  • Guyton25

    Bryant’s sneeze of the year

  • Since we can’t really talk about it, I’ll just leave it at saying I can’t think of who the three players could be. But that doesn’t mean I’m not without sufficient coffee yet this morning to figure it out.

  • RDD#76

    We have 1 recruit for 2017 guard out of Georgia commited early

  • MikeinNC

    Yep, I read the article. I guess after spending a career in sales I’ve learned that the deal ain’t done when the customer says they will sign…it’s done when the customer signs… I hope nothing changes and he doesn’t get a last minute desire to test the waters….

  • Koko

    Look at the bottom six names.

  • I think I see only two who might qualify.

  • Koko

    Agreed on the two. The third is just a hunch on my part. Wouldn’t like to see it but there is stiff competition for that position.

  • I hate having to be so cagey about this, because I’m either really thick or in the bottom six I only see a walk-on, a kid who I can’t honestly remember anything about, and a senior who doesn’t count in this context and is graduating anyways. That leaves one name I think we’re both talking about, and the kid I can’t remember anything about. So, only two who seem to qualify. And there are two who we can’t possibly be talking about.

  • Koko

    Take away the senior and the two we certainly aren’t talking about…..leaves three. I forgot one of those three was a walk on. As far as I know the other two are on scholarship. So there are two spots open if they go plus one other if TW does not stay.

  • Okay, right, accounting for the walk-on we’re now talking about the same players. And agreed, something could definitely happen with either or both of those. Should be an interesting offseason for sure.

  • Koko

    And it just became more interesting with the new post about the 5 star kid from Australia.

  • Seriously, right?

  • Fifer39

    Agree but all those highly ranked recruits are at least 2, 3 or 4 year players. I’m loving seeing some succession strategy in the classes that are coming in – without any further recruiting you can already see a potential starting line up for 17/18 emerging.

  • ForeverIU

    In my first post about the news I sent Thomas a big hug. I happen to hate it when fans turn against the very wombs that produce our players. I am very pleased with you ignoring me, btw, lol.

  • Good decision for IU fans. Quite a gamble for him.


    Yeah, Walt Bellamy will probably never be topped (unless TB can pull down 15-20 boards a night lol). Then again that was a different era. Let me amend my previous prediction to say: TB could very well be the best big in the modern era. I think he could be an Allen Henderson type player. Better than Cody Zeller. Or maybe I am just jumping on a hype machine. Aside from Cody, when has there been this much buzz about IU’s front court? I mean we’re talking bigs here, bigs!
    Can you imagine next year’s press releases? “They’re going to have to find a way to stop an IU team that leads the nation in offensive rebounds and blocks.” hehe


    Ok I am just hyped up about having a rare combination of up-tempo offense, perimeter shooting, and glass control. That’s a lethal combination. I see TB as the most important piece in the equation.

  • BL

    No, Steve would be honest and tell you George was not only the best PF ever to play the game but a great guy and team leader. He took hardship because his family was in a tough place. If he had stayed, that IU team might have been the most dominate college team of all time. Most certainly would have beat that UCLA team.

  • BL

    Hey, I’m right there with ya. Jazzed for next year. Also, nothing’s impossible for a kid like TB. Love his motor and he’s very skilled for a freshman center. Certain he’ll make a big jump next year. You never know but 35 was a real beast.

  • John D Murphy

    Thanks for direct.