- Adam Finkelstein
ESPN 100 big man Thomas Bryant (No. 22) announced his commitment to Indiana on Saturday live on ESPN during the finals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals.
Why he committed: Ultimately, Bryant’s decision came down to two schools – Indiana and Syracuse.The Orange always were the hometown favorite, but until Chris McCullough's unexpected decision to go pro on Thursday, they didn’t have an available scholarship, so Bryant hadn’t heard from them in several months. Conversely, Indiana not only made Bryant their top priority but also had the most defined immediate role for him, given the void in the middle of their lineup. Kentucky and Missouri also were listed in Bryant’s final four, but his mother, Linda, went on record several months ago as saying that he wouldn’t be joining his former Huntington Prep coach, Rob Fulford, at Mizzou. The opportunity was unclear at Kentucky given the amount of big men both currently in the program and also considering the Wildcats next season.
Bryant, who committed at the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals, should fill a big void for Indiana.