One of the more dramatic and confusing recruitments of the 2015 class is now over. Four-star center Thomas Bryant has chosen Indiana over Syracuse, Kentucky and Missouri, he announced on ESPN on Saturday.
Bryant was thought to be a shoe-in to choose the Orange, but as CuseNation first report weeks ago, Syracuse had not been in contact for "a while" according to Bryant himself. He confirmed that information at the McDonald's All-American game, saying Syracuse and Kentucky had not contacted him since January.
Despite having all of the early momentum, the late momentum was for Indiana, who Bryant said was recruiting him the hardest in recent days. The Orange seemed to be gaining some steam in the last 48-hours, but it was not to be.
The loss of Chris McCullough to the NBA seemed to open up playing time for the Rochester native. But ultimately, he choose to go with the Hoosiers. It was a disappointing recruiting loss for Syracuse.
Syracuse is not expected to pursue any other 2015 prospects, and instead will turn their attention to 2016 and elite guard Tyus Battle. Without Bryant on the roster, the Orange will have 10 scholarship players next season. That means they can start the scholarship reduction imposed by NCAA sanctions this season, ending the four year punishment earlier than originally anticipated.
Had Syracuse had more than 10 players on scholarship this season, they would have deferred the start of the four year reduction to the 2016-17 campaign.