Insight into Thomas Bryant recruitment

Thomas Bryant is one of the top available big men in the 2015 class, and Indiana is still in the mix.

Indiana needs a big man. We all know that.

The Hoosiers were originally listed as one of two finalists for 2015 center Thomas Bryant, along with Syracuse. But Bryant's mother was quoted as saying she was unhappy with Indiana for not telling her about the team's two failed drug tests over the summer when they were in Bloomington for a visit.

The comments seemed odd to me. Why list Indiana as a finalist, then say your son is all but going to Syracuse? Plus, Syracuse has had many, many issues with failed drug tests over the last several years. Something wasn't adding up.

Well, I've talked to a couple of people close to the situation, and I've gathered this: Bryant's mother is "committed to Syracuse," but Bryant is not. Bryant is as high on Indiana as he is on any of the schools recruiting him, but his mother is pushing him to Syracuse. The Hoosiers actually expected him to commit to them a while back after a visit, but his mother convinced him otherwise.

It's impossible to know if Bryant's mother will ultimately win out and push Bryant to Syracuse. But the Hoosiers are not out of the mix, as many previously thought. The Indiana coaching staff has stayed in contact with Bryant, and they are still very much invested in trying to get him to Bloomington, according to sources.

Kentucky has come in late on Bryant, and the Wildcats will be a factor. Bryant is taking an official visit to Lexington in the near future. Bryant told Syracuse.com this weekend that he will likely make a decision in March.

Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is the 31st-ranked player in the 2015 class. Bryant, a four-star prospect, is the 9th-ranked center.


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