Report: Thomas Bryant, who likely would’ve been first-rounder, returning to Indiana

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Duke guard Grayson Allen is no longer the top prospect who has decided not to declare for the NBA draft.

Indiana’s Thomas Bryant now claims the distinction.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Bryant, a 6-foot-11 center with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, definitely has the size to play in the NBA. He plays hard and forces his way inside, where he has enough touch to score. His jumper extends outside the paint, too.

He probably would’ve been a first-round pick.

But he has potential to move up for the 2017 draft. There’s plenty of room to improve his athleticism and defense, which go hand-in-hand. The best environment for Bryant to work out is debatable, but he chose Bloomington (which, not for nothing, is a fun city). Bryant could also polish his offensive skills so he doesn’t have to rely quite so much on bully ball. Again, improved athleticism would help there.

If Bryant trains hard (in his control) and his body can be transformed (out of his control), he could be a top-10 pick next year.