Prep coach confirms Bryant signs #iubb

Thomas Bryant is closer to officially being a Hoosier.

The McDonald’s All-American signed his letter of intent Friday, according to Huntington Prep coach Arkell Bruce, becoming the third member of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class. Bryant committed to IU on April 4.

Indiana has not confirmed receipt of Bryant’s paperwork as of Saturday and IU officials cannot comment to verify an NLI until it clears.

Bryant’s signing means the Hoosiers are currently one scholarship over the NCAA limit of 13, though point guard Yogi Ferrell will announce on April 25 his intention to either return to IU for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft.

Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center from Rochester, N.Y., is the crown jewel of IU’s latest recruiting class. He’s a four-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, where he’s also considered the No. 9 center in the nation. He picked Indiana over finalists Syracuse, Kentucky and Missouri, and believing he could be the missing piece in next year’s Indiana lineup.

“I sense it a lot with the coaching staff, players and with the fans, too,” Bryant said after last weekend’s Derby Festival Classic in Louisville. “I sense that real urge and real need (for a big man).”

Bryant’s arrival in Bloomington, as well as the possibility of Ferrell staying in school for his final year of eligibility, is expected to bump the Hoosiers into the Nos. 15-20 range — and possibly higher — when preseason polls are released for the 2015-16 season.

An athletic big man who can run the floor and man the post with agility, Bryant has plans to stay at IU for at least two years. When asked last week, Bryant didn’t completely rule out jumping at a one-and-done possibility, but said he wants to get as much out of the Indiana experience as he can.

“There’s a lot of work I need to do, a lot of development,” Bryant said. “You just want to enjoy college, too. You’re only going to do this once, too, so why waste it?”

Although Indiana is oversigned, coach Tom Crean isn’t done recruiting for 2015. Mychal Mulder, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vincennes Junior College, was offered this week, while the Hoosiers continue to wait on 7-foot center Thon Maker, a five-star prospect who reportedly lists IU, Kentucky and Kansas as his final three choices.

3 comments

  1. Love the idea of adding Maker to our roster. What a team that would be. Crean is building his best teams by getting kids that stay 3 or 4 years and then eventually fills in the blanks with some serious freshman recruits. The movement class and a few guys leaving unexpectedly really set Crean and IU back in reality. There was no one against signing Perea, Hollowell, Patterson, Jurkin, and yogi at the time. Yogi is the only one that really panned out. Crean and his staff spent a lot of time trying to get those guys and whiffed big time. Then loosing
    Fischer and Vonleh was another huge
    blow. Lyles backing out is a huge reason
    why we were undersized this year. You
    spend time building those relationships
    with recruits and making efforts to get the
    guy you want and then he leaves or
    chooses another school it’s hard to gain
    ground on another guy. Landing Holt and
    Bryant were huge last minute gets. Crean has had several set backs that have been out of his control. Had 1/2 of them not happened IU would probably be where the fan base think they should be. We needed shooters this year….the man went out and got us shooters. We needed a big time big man for next year…..the man went out and got us a big time big man. If he could catch a break and get things to click for once iu would probably have some serious success. I’m not Creans biggest fan, but relying on 18 year old kids with inflated egos can’t be an easy job.

  2. Welcome Thomas! Looking forward to a remarkable 2015-2016 basketball season whether or not Yogi decides to return. For the glory of ‘ol IU…

  3. HT guys. Seeing random publishing of schools cost per student athlete . Ball State at something like $35000 or so per student athlete, Syracuse ‘lowest in their conference and etc. What’s that about?

    Sounds like Bryant’s Mom, Linda, may be a somewhat more vocal parent. Looking to be another interesting year. This will be the Hawaii trip year?

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