Thomas Bryant looked like a first-round pick when he returned to Indiana last year for his sophomore season.
Now he looks like a second-rounder – but he’s staying in the draft.
Indiana’s Thomas Bryant will sign with an agent, rather than return to school, a source told Scout.
Bryant, a 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, is just a little too plodding. He possesses neither ideal quickness nor hops.
He compensates by playing hard, and that goes a long way with his size. Bryant has also developed his outside shooting, though not enough to be a real weapon.
Asked to create more for himself in the paint, Bryant faltered. He missed Yogi Ferrell setting him up inside this year.
Maybe Bryant will get by on effort. Maybe he continues to improve his shooting to the point it adds major value. Maybe he’ll fare better playing with NBA point guards.
There’s reason to draft Bryant.
But after a season that showed only limited progress, it became harder to overlook his glaring athletic flaws.