Thomas Bryant Rumors
According to sources close to the players, the Heat has booked at least five pre-draft Miami workouts on centers who are expected to be outside Miami’s draft range at No. 14, meaning lower in the first round (North Carolina’s Tom Bradley), somewhere in the second round (Indiana’s Thomas Bryant) or potentially undrafted (Connecticut’s Amida Brimah).
The six players participating in Sunday’s first Jazz workout include Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, Oregon guard Dylan Ennis, South Carolina wing PJ Dozier, Kansas State wing Wesley Iwundu, Indiana big Thomas Bryant and North Carolina big Tony Bradley.
The Hawks had a couple of big men in for workouts on Friday with Indiana center Thomas Bryant and BYU center Eric Mika visiting Atlanta. The two were part of a workout group that included North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Kansas guard Frank Mason, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu and Notre Dame small forward V.J. Beachem.
When Thomas Bryant wanted to fill time in his room at Indiana, he would pick up a pencil and draw. Not basketball plays — sketches. “I had a friend that could draw literally anything,” Bryant explained. “I used to be like, ‘How do you do that?’ One day I sat down and started drawing. I taught myself … I didn’t draw for about a year. I was sitting in bed one day in my dorm freshman year, I was like, I’m going to draw to see if I still had it. Luckily I did.”
“[We saw] his increased confidence of shooting the ball,” Sixers vice president of basketball administration and 87ers general manager Brandon Williams said. “This year, he moved to the four with a focus on showing people he can be a stretch-four. There are questions about whether or not he can guard that position in the NBA.”