Film Session: Kansas

  • 11/14/2016 9:44 am in

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:

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Bryant passes to Robert Johnson and the Hoosiers line up at the free throw line and break out:

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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:

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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:

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With the Hoosiers spread around the perimeter, the ball now moves to the left side of the court with Anunoby again working for position:

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Anunoby is open and Johnson looks to be able to enter the ball:

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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:

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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:

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Morgan makes the pass and he rises, fires and hits:

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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.

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