Thomas Bryant NBA Draft Profile


Thomas Bryant, Sophomore, Center, Indiana


Thomas Bryant may have been a first round pick in the 2016 draft, but decided to return to Indiana for his sophomore season to improve his game. Bryant’s skill level isn’t especially impressive at face value, but his length and constant high motor make up for it. He shot a very efficient 70% on two-point field goals during his first year in college. His spectacular 9’4” standing reach has a lot to do with his success around the rim. In the post, Bryant is still raw and not very advanced but he does show flashes. Despite his length, Bryant’s inability as a leaper makes it difficult for him to score against long defenders. His rebounding can also be hindered by his lack of bounce, but his high motor helps him gather offensive boards. Bryant showed flashes of a jump shot as a freshman and has started shooting from deep more often as a sophomore. Becoming a reliable shooter should improve his draft stock given his struggles inside against NBA-caliber length. Defensively, Bryant is motivated and plays with high effort, but he is still limited on the defensive end. He doesn’t have the mobility to guard pick and rolls and teams will take advantage of this, especially at the next level. Being a rim protector would help Bryant’s prospects on defense, but his poor leaping ability prevents him from being a force at the rim.

Final Projection:

Thomas Bryant is an extremely talented college player, but it can be tough at times to see his game translating to the NBA. He has NBA-caliber length, but his lack of bounce compromises that length. Developing a post game and continuing to progress as a jump shooter can help him make up for his deficiencies. Bryant will always play with a high motor and passion, which will impress NBA teams. Coming off the bench and being a high-energy center may be Bryant’s best-case scenario in the NBA.