Bryant spoke to reporters on Thursday following practice for the Derby Classic in Louisville. He had nothing but good things to say about Indiana and said he plans to arrive in Bloomington soon.
"They've been there since day one," Bryant said. "I like that, when they still recruit you. Of course my mom was [thinking about] the distance, but I sat down and talked to her. This is the best decision for me, even if it does mean to be away from home. She understood that. She was getting around to it and then she finally came through."
Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center and a McDonalds All-American, said he heard most from Indiana assistant Chuck Martin, a New York native. Martin has hit the East Coast hard since he arrived in Bloomington a year ago.
"He's a down to Earth guy, he's from New York just like me," Bryant said of Martin. "He was real nice to my mom. He and my mom were real good at first and still are good. I just love him."
Bryant's mother was a major factor in his recruitment for a long time, and sources told AllHoosiers.com that she wanted her son to go to Syracuse. Bryant had long favored Indiana, and when Syracuse got hit with NCAA violations in March, Thomas used it as an opportunity to get to IU again and sell his mom on the decision.
Bryant announced his decision on ESPN on Saturday, and he didn't give Indiana coach Tom Crean much of a warning.
"Watch ESPN now," Bryant told Crean.
Crean did, and he liked what he saw. All of a sudden, a coach perceived to be on the hot seat had a likely top 15 team.
"They were just screaming and were just happy," Bryant said. "They were screaming out 'Wooo!' and everything. 'We landed Thomas Bryant!' That was a great feeling."
Bryant was asked whether he hopes to be a one-and-done player at Indiana. His response is one that is sure to please IU fans.
"If it's there, but I feel like I'm going to be there for two years," Bryant said. "Just to work on development and just enjoy college. You only get to do this once. Why rush it?"