Bryant previously cut his list to just Indiana and Syracuse, but the Orange seemed like the heavy favorite after his mother told Syracuse.com that she was upset with the IU coaching staff for not disclosing failed drug tests over the summer.
"They have a lot going on," Linda Bryant told Syracuse.com in November. "It seems like we went down there under false pretenses. They didn't tell us anything about failed drug tests or that type of thing going on. My son doesn't need to be around that stuff."
The comments seemed odd at the time because, well, Syracuse has been dealing with worse things than just two failed drug tests. The Orange took themselves out of postseason play for this season in hopes that the NCAA wouldn't punish the program more harshly for violations dating back to 2001.
That didn't work.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for nine ACC games next season and the basketball and football programs will be placed on five years' probation for multiple infractions since 2001, the NCAA announced Friday. The Syracuse basketball program will lose three scholarships a year for four years -- 12 total -- per the NCAA report.
That's likely the reason Bryant has decided to visit Indiana this weekend. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from Huntington Prep has always liked Indiana, according to sources, but his mother has been pushing him to go to Syracuse. In light of today's news, though, everything has changed.
Bryant will take in Saturday's game against Michigan State at Assembly Hall, Indiana's regular season finale.
Let's be clear: Adding Bryant would be a game-changer for Tom Crean and Indiana. He's a talented big man, and would make the Hoosiers a legitimate contender in the Big Ten and the country next season, especially if Yogi Ferrell returns for a senior year. IU has already signed four-star forward Juwan Morgan and three-star forward O.G. Anunoby for next year, so getting Bryant would complete a major front-court makeover.
We will update you on Bryant's visit as the weekend progresses.