Thomas Bryant (basketball)

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Thomas Bryant
20150401 MCDAAG Thomas Bryant boxing out.JPG
No. 13 – Washington Wizards
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1997-07-31) July 31, 1997 (age 21)
Rochester, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school
College Indiana (2015–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–2018 Los Angeles Lakers
2017–2018South Bay Lakers
2018–present Washington Wizards
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Jermaine Bryant (born July 31, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Indiana University. He is known for his ability to shoot, run the floor, and protect the rim.[1]

High school career[edit]

Bryant played basketball at Bishop Kearney, where as a sophomore he led his team to a 17-8 record, the 2013 New York Class AA Tournament crown, and the New York Federation Tournament of Champions.[2] Before committing to play for Indiana University, Bryant played for Huntington Prep School during the 2014 school year. While there, he played on the AAU team, Team SCAN.[3] He was ranked the 20th best player in the class by ESPN and was recruited heavily by many schools, including Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse, UCLA, and other power conference schools.[4] However, his final decision came down to Indiana and Syracuse. According to Bryant's mother, who was heavily in favor of Syracuse, " [he] picked Indiana because Syracuse's basketball program was in chaos." While Bryant was trying to decide which school to attend, Syracuse was in the middle of an NCAA investigation, which eventually led to the loss of 12 scholarships over the next four years, 108 vacated wins, and Jim Boeheim being suspended for the first 9 games of the 2015-2016 ACC season.[5] His final verbal commitment to Indiana was televised live on April 4, 2015 during the Dick's National Tournament on ESPN.

During the McDonald's All-American Game, Bryant scored 9 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 16 minutes of play for the East team.[6] He was the fifth consecutive McDonald's All-American Tom Crean was able to recruit to play at IU.

College career[edit]

Bryant had a break out performance in an 86-65 win against Creighton. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the Hoosiers win. Bryant contributed 19 points and five rebounds in a win over Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. After averaging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, Bryant announced his return for his sophomore year. His shooting percentage declined as a sophomore, but Bryant averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers (2017–2018)[edit]

On June 22, 2017, Bryant was drafted 42nd overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. He was later traded along with the 30th pick, Josh Hart to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the Lakers 28th pick, Tony Bradley.[8] On July 30, 2017, Bryant signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers.[9] On June 30, 2018, the Lakers waived Bryant.[10]

South Bay Lakers (2017–2018)[edit]

The Los Angeles Lakers assigned Thomas Bryant to their G League affiliate the South Bay Lakers. Following the 2017–18 season, he was named to the All-NBA G League First Team.[11]

Washington Wizards (2018–present)[edit]

On July 2, 2018, Bryant was claimed off waivers by the Washington Wizards.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 L.A. Lakers 15 0 4.8 .381 .100 .556 1.1 .4 .1 .1 1.5
Career 15 0 4.8 .381 .100 .556 1.1 .4 .1 .1 1.5

NBA G League[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 South Bay 37 35 30.7 .595 .364 .674 7.4 2.1 .6 1.5 19.7
Career 37 35 30.7 .595 .364 .674 7.4 2.1 .6 1.5 19.7

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Indiana 35 35 22.6 .683 .333 .706 5.8 1.0 .5 .9 11.9
2016–17 Indiana 34 34 28.1 .519 .383 .730 6.6 1.5 .8 1.5 12.6
Career 69 69 25.3 .592 .373 .718 6.2 1.2 .6 1.2 12.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osterman, Zach (2015-04-17). "New IU big man Bryant: 'He can do just about everything'". IndyStar. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  2. ^ "USA Basketball: Thomas Bryant". NBA.com. 
  3. ^ "Scout.com - College Sports, Football Recruiting, NFL, Fantasy Advice & More Front Page". scout.com. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Bryant". ESPN.com. 
  5. ^ Waters, Mike (2015-04-18). "Thomas Bryant talks about picking Indiana over Syracuse: 'I'm the person going to college'". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Bryant scores 9 in McDonald's All-American Game". Democrat and Chronicle. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  7. ^ DiSturco, Charlie (July 2, 2018). "5 things to know about Thomas Bryant, the Wizards' newest addition". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Lakers Acquire Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant in Trade with Utah". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lakers Sign Thomas Bryant". NBA.com. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Lakers Waive Thomas Bryant". NBA.com. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018. 
  11. ^ "MVP Lorenzo Brown Headlines 2017-18 All-NBA G League First Team". April 16, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Wizards Claim Thomas Bryant off Waivers". NBA.com. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 

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