Thomas Bryant (basketball)
Thomas Jermaine Bryant (born July 31, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Indiana University. He is known for his ability to shoot, run the floor, and protect the rim.
Bryant (31) at the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
|No. 13 – Washington Wizards|
|Born||July 31, 1997|
Rochester, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|2017–2018||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2017–2018||→South Bay Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Bryant played basketball at Bishop Kearney, where as a sophomore he led his team to a 17-8 record, the 2013 New York Class AA Tournament crown, and the New York Federation Tournament of Champions. Before committing to play for Indiana University, Bryant played for Huntington Prep School during the 2014 school year. While there, he played on the AAU team, Team SCAN. He was ranked the 20th best player in the class by ESPN and was recruited heavily by many schools, including Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse, UCLA, and other power conference schools. However, his final decision came down to Indiana and Syracuse. According to Bryant's mother, who was heavily in favor of Syracuse, " [he] picked Indiana because Syracuse's basketball program was in chaos." While Bryant was trying to decide which school to attend, Syracuse was in the middle of an NCAA investigation, which eventually led to the loss of 12 scholarships over the next four years, 108 vacated wins, and Jim Boeheim being suspended for the first 9 games of the 2015-2016 ACC season. His final verbal commitment to Indiana was televised live on April 4, 2015 during the Dick's National Tournament on ESPN.
During the McDonald's All-American Game, Bryant scored 9 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 16 minutes of play for the East team. He was the fifth consecutive McDonald's All-American Tom Crean was able to recruit to play at IU.
Bryant had a break out performance in an 86-65 win against Creighton. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the Hoosiers win. Bryant contributed 19 points and five rebounds in a win over Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. After averaging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, Bryant announced his return for his sophomore year. His shooting percentage declined as a sophomore, but Bryant averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Los Angeles Lakers (2017–2018)Edit
On June 22, 2017, Bryant was drafted 42nd overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. He was later traded along with the 30th pick, Josh Hart to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the Lakers 28th pick, Tony Bradley. On July 30, 2017, Bryant signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers. On June 30, 2018, the Lakers waived Bryant.
South Bay Lakers (2017–2018)Edit
The Los Angeles Lakers assigned Thomas Bryant to their G League affiliate the South Bay Lakers. Following the 2017–18 season, he was named to the All-NBA G League First Team.
Washington Wizards (2018–present)Edit
On December 22, 2018, Bryant shot 14-14 and scored a career-high 31 points against the Phoenix Suns, tying for the fourth most field goals made without a miss in NBA history, with only Wilt Chamberlain exceeding the 14 field goal mark.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
NBA G LeagueEdit
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Bryant.|
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- "USA Basketball: Thomas Bryant". NBA.com.
- "Scout.com - College Sports, Football Recruiting, NFL, Fantasy Advice & More Front Page". scout.com.
- "Thomas Bryant". ESPN.com.
- Waters, Mike (2015-04-18). "Thomas Bryant talks about picking Indiana over Syracuse: 'I'm the person going to college'". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Thomas Bryant scores 9 in McDonald's All-American Game". Democrat and Chronicle. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- DiSturco, Charlie (July 2, 2018). "5 things to know about Thomas Bryant, the Wizards' newest addition". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- "Lakers Acquire Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant in Trade with Utah". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
- "Lakers Sign Thomas Bryant". NBA.com. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "Lakers Waive Thomas Bryant". NBA.com. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "MVP Lorenzo Brown Headlines 2017-18 All-NBA G League First Team". April 16, 2018.
- "Wizards Claim Thomas Bryant off Waivers". NBA.com. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.