Elite 2015 big men Thon Maker and Thomas Bryant were on hand at Assembly Hall for Indiana's 74-72 loss to Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. Both players walked in to cheers from the pep band and the students before the game, and both received loud cheers from the students as they left the court area after the game.
Bryant, wearing an Indiana t-shirt, waved to the crowd as he exited. There were no chants for either player.
Maker, a five-star center and a 7-footer, made the trip with his younger brother, Matur, and his guardian, Ed Smith. Matur Maker, a 2017 prospect, also owns an Indiana offer.
Maker is one of the top players in the class, and he is being pursued by the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and many others. He recently reclassifed from 2016 to 2015, so he would be eligible to play next season.
Bryant, a 6-foot-10 McDonald's All-American from Huntington Prep in West Virginia, decided to make the trip to Bloomington after Syracuse got hit with sanctions from the NCAA on Friday. Bryant initially cut his list to Indiana and Syracuse, but the Orange were the favorite because his mother liked that school better.
After Friday's news, though, which included three lost scholarship per year for four years, Syracuse may no longer be an ideal option for Bryant. He was expected to only stay for Saturday's game as he took his official visit to IU previously.