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The Indiana Hoosiers have landed a commitment from four-star Power Forward Thomas Bryant, who turned down a chance to play for Kentucky or Syracuse.
ESPN reported via a TV announcement from Bryant that the West Virginia native committed to Indiana, spurning John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats and Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange as well as Missouri. Bryant is the No. 22 ranked prospect in the nation according to ESPN’s Top 100 ranking.
The Indiana Daily Student noted that the 2015 McDonald’s All-American, who averaged 17.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game last season, could face an early issue getting into the school because of Indiana’s scholarship limit.
NCAA rules state that a Division I men’s basketball program is allowed 13 scholarships per season. With the transfers of Stanford Robinson and Max Hoetzel, Indiana’s committed scholarships had been cut to 13 already – the team is now over the limit once again. In order to fit Bryant into the roster, at least one scholarship member of the squad will have to leave the program.
The 6-foot-10 Bryant helped lead Huntington Prep to the semifinals of the Dick’s Nationals event, scoring 27 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Bryant join an Indiana recruiting class that also includes four-star forward Juwan Morgan and Ogugua Anunoby.
The Hoosiers made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 as a #10 Seed in the Midwest, but were beaten in the first round by Wichita State 76-81. The team finished the season 20-14 with a 9-9 conference record.