Film Session: Kansas
In Indiana’s win over Kansas on Friday night in Honolulu, Thomas Bryant led the way offensively in the first half with 16 points. Bryant’s offensive game last year was mostly a steady diet of highly efficient shots in the paint.
But in a Tom Crean program increasingly chanting a positionless mantra, one where all players regardless of size are expected to be able to dribble, pass or shoot, Bryant’s offensive game has evolved.
We’ll take a look at how with four plays from the first half in the latest edition of Film Session:
James Blackmon Jr. inbounds the ball to Bryant:
Bryant passes to Robert Johnson and the Hoosiers line up at the free throw line and break out:
Juwan Morgan cuts to the right wing and gets the pass from Johnson. OG Anunoby has a size advantage over Lagerald Vick and he begins to work for position on him in the post:
Morgan doesn’t enter the pass and instead swings the ball to the top of the key, where Bryant is now also focused on entering the ball to Anunoby:
With the Hoosiers spread around the perimeter, the ball now moves to the left side of the court with Anunoby again working for position:
Anunoby is open and Johnson looks to be able to enter the ball:
But he opts to drive it and he passes to Juwan Morgan in the right corner. Bryant and Blackmon Jr. have remained spaced on the perimeter:
Landen Lucas moved off of Bryant on Johnson’s drive and he remains in the paint to ward off a Morgan drive. Bryant is a few feet beyond the line, ready to catch and shoot a 3-pointer:
Morgan makes the pass and he rises, fires and hits:
As a player looking to feed the post and then remaining spaced and ready as a 3-point shooter on the perimeter, Bryant looked very much the part of a traditional guard here in this offensive set.