Thomas Bryant’s Indiana career will end after two seasons.
The sophomore forward will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft, Scout.com reports. Bryant declared for early entry into the draft on April 11 but did not hire representation, leaving open the possibility that he could return to IU for his junior season.
Nearly three weeks later, Bryant has decided he will pursue a professional career after all.
It’s not clear that Bryant is viewed as a first-round option. An inconsistent sophomore season at IU dropped his draft stock into the second round, which is where Draft Express has him going in its latest mock draft.
Bryant, a Blue Ribbon Magazine preseason All-American, averaged 12.6 points after posting 11.9 points per game as a freshman. He also posted 6.6 rebounds after averaging 5.8 during his freshman year.
Bryant also led the Big Ten by shooting 68 percent from the field as a freshman, but that figure dropped to 51.9 percent as a sophomore.
He’ll have a chance to replenish his draft stock at the NBA Draft Combine, which runs May 9 to 14 in Chicago.
Bryant’s decision eases the current scholarship crunch new IU coach Archie Miller continues to navigate. With Bryant’s departure, the Hoosiers are now oversigned by only one scholarship for next season.
The program now waits on draft decisions from guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson. Neither Blackmon nor Johnson has signed with an agent. The two were also not invited to next month’s combine.
The Hoosiers will be a bit thinner in the post with Bryant out of the mix next season. Rising sophomore De’Ron Davis now appears poised to fill the opening left by Bryant at the five spot.
Davis had an up and down freshman season, at times controlling the post on both ends of the floor, but far too often falling into foul trouble. Davis averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.9 minutes, but also committed the fourth-most fouls on the team.
IU will also welcome 6-foot-10 freshman Clifton Moore to the program this summer.