Thomas Bryant (C/PF, Indiana)

 

Measurables: 6’10.5”, 7’6” wingspan, 248 lbs, 19.8 years old

Strengths

  • Developing perimeter shot – 23-60 from 3 last year
  • Great size for defense around the rim
  • Improved as a shot blocker over 2 seasons at IU
  • Plays hard on both ends of the floor
  • Reach/length helps him a lot
  • Runs hard in transition
  • Uses weight around rim
  • Phenomenal wingspan and reach – defensive promise
  • Has frame that can easily add strength

Weaknesses

  • 2 point scoring regressed a lot during sophomore year
  • Struggled with turnovers
  • Got worse during sophomore year as he tried to show off jumper
  • Not a good rebounder for his size – 13.7 TRB%
  • Doesn’t jump very well
  • Struggled a lot against Big Ten competition – beat up on bad teams
  • Value stats regressed a ton during sophomore year
  • Doesn’t really have a game that fits modern NBA
  • Very raw on defense
  • Poor skills as a switch man in PnR
  • Developing IQ as help defender

Overall

  • Bryant has a promising set of tools given his size and budding perimeter game, and he’s got time on his side at only 19. However, his sophomore season was a big disappointment as his 2-point FG% seriously regressed and his value stats plummeted. He’s failed to improve much as a rebounder and defender and regressed as a scorer, two things that are very worrisome for a guy with limited athleticism. Still, he’s probably worth a flier in the last 15 picks for his tools alone.

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