Bryant earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week award #iubb

The transition to conference play has come quickly for Indiana freshman Thomas Bryant.

On Monday, the Big Ten recognized Bryant with its Freshman of the Week award after the center averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds between wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State last week.

For the week, Bryant shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field while helping the Hoosiers to a 4-0 start in the league and a share of first-place in the early conference standings.

Bryant leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 72.1 percent. He scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds against Wisconsin on Tuesday before posting his first career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday’s 85-60 blowout win over Ohio State.

This marks the second time this season that Bryant has earned the league’s weekly freshman honor. After falling into foul trouble and logging only six minutes during his Big Ten debut at Rutgers on Dec. 30, Bryant has bounced back with excellent play over Indiana’s last three games. He’s averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game across IU’s four conference wins.

“I would say I improved on conditioning, and re-evaluating and learning the plays and also just learning from my teammates,” Bryant said. “Just like Yogi (Ferrell) and Troy (Williams), they are patient with me and they push me to the limit because they know that I can be good and I just try and just stick with it.”