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Thomas Bryant reportedly staying in NBA Draft

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:24 pm

BLOOMINGTON — Two years of college was enough for Indiana center Thomas Bryant.

He’s heading to the NBA.

First, though, he’s going to the NBA Combine.

As first reported by Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the 6-10 Bryant will sign with an agent, stay in the draft and give up his final two seasons of college. He projects as a second-round pick, and even though that’s a big drop from last spring, when he was considered a first-round prospect, he’s ready to try for the next level.

Bryant averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season. He also demonstrated solid three-point shooting skills.

He’s the second Hoosier to decide to stay in the draft. OG Anunoby, who is recovering from knee surgery, earlier said he would not return to school. He, too, has been invited to the Combine, although, because of the knee, he won’t work out. He will interview with NBA teams and undergo a medical evaluation.

Two other Hoosiers who entered the draft, James Blackmon and Robert Johnson, could still return. Neither has signed with an agent. Both have until May 24 to decide. Neither project as being drafted.

For those who count scholarship, IU is now one over the scholarship limit for next season, with 14. Coach Archie Miller said he isn’t worried about being over-signed, and that he’s confident it will work out.


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