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Thomas Bryant

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Name: Thomas Bryant



Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 20 (2015)

Birthdate: July 31, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Rochester, New York


Grew up with single mother Linda Bryant

- She was very involved in the recruitment process and publicly indicated which schools she did not like

High School: 

- Bishop Kearney High School

- Huntington Prep


- 2015 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2015 McDonald's All-American

Twitter: NoLimitTB31

Instagram: NoLimitTB

Height: 6'10.5 (Numbers taken from 2014 U.S.A. Basketball Camp)

Weight: 241

Wingspan: 7'5.5

Standing Reach: 9'4

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: Suffered sprained ankle in October 2016 and was in a walking boot - did not miss any game time and only a few days of practice

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Vibrant personality

- Says playing at Huntington Prep helped him grow and taught him independence

- Has been working with a personal trainer for 8 years - has gotten much stronger in the last 2 years and is looking to continue to add strength/size

- Coach Tom Crean says he loves to play and loves to work on his game

- Jon Boon, Bishop Kearney's Head Coach, said "He was very grounded. His mom did a great job with him. He was at one of three places – home, the Y or school...He’s always had a real good work ethic and worked hard.”

- Boon described him off-court as bright, polite, intelligent

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 11.9 PPG

- 5.8 RPG

- 1 APG

- 0.9 BPG

- 68% FG

- 33% 3

- 71% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 8 games

-  12.3 PPG

- 7.9 RPG

- 1.3 APG

- 1.6 BPG

- 1.3 SPG

- 50% FG

- 40% 3

- 76% FT


- 1st in 2 point field goal percentage and true shooting percentage in the Big Ten in 2015-16

- 2nd in offensive rating in the Big Ten in 2015-16

- 3rd in defensive rating in the Big Ten in 2016-17

- 4th in defensive win shares in the Big Ten in 2016-17

Position: C

Greatest Strength: Length + Offensive versatility

Greatest Weakness: Post defense

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 6

Speed: 6

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: 6

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 5

On ball defense: 5

Help defense: 6

Steals: 6

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Bryant excels on the pick-and-roll defensively because he can show to stop drives with his long arms and still recover back to his man

- Offensively, Bryant loves catching rolls and going hard to the rim, but sometimes loses the ball if the pass is too low

- He can pick-and-pop pretty well out to the 3 point line, which will be hard for most Cs to guard

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Poor on ball post defender - gets bodied 

- Doesn't box out often - lacks post toughness

- Very long arms - covers a lot of ground and can be a good offensive rebounder because of his length

- 3 point threat

- Lots of potential as he has the physical tools (very long, good athlete, can shoot)

Game Analysis: 

vs. North Carolina

- #5 Tony Bradley

- #3 Kennedy Meeks

- #4 Isaiah Hicks

- #44 Justin Jackson

- Lumbers around 

- Doesn't box out, even when he does get rebound

- Runs odd - his right foot moves sideways

- Very long arms

- Good help in the lane contesting shot then boxout and rebound

- Allows deep right post catch, backed down to hoop and then defender put body into Bryant so he couldn't block and layed it in

- Offensive rebound between 2 defenders and putback dunk

- Good effort to crash offensive glass - can get to a lot of balls because of length

- Good pick-and-roll defense to show hard on Berry and force the pass out

- Bullied again, this time by Meeks - catches deep in right block, gathers and lays it in - pushed Bryant out with his body

- Catches right block, quick sweep through left to right, reverse layin - very impressive quick move

- Caught deep in left post, tries to fight around and steal entry pass, and he tripped and gave up layin

- Meeks catches deep on right post, turns and banks layup in over Bryant - defenseless

- Lazy zone defense - doesn't help enough to stop guard driving nor try and recover after dumpoff pass - allows easy dunk

- Poor help defense ball-side - came over late and didn't affect shot - stayed straight up and allowed layin

- Catch and shoot straightaway 3 - brick

- Catch on left block, backed down, and dunked on - no resistance

NBA Comparison: Lucas Noguiera

Current Ability: 6

Projection as an NBA Player: 6.5

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: Bryant has the physical tools and skills to succeed, but has a long way to come on the defensive end. His post defense is very poor and he consistently gets bullied by thicker players in the paint. If he works on his frame and refines his offensive game, he he has the potential to become a very good rotation C, but I don't see that happening. He will never be a game-changer.