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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 4:00 pm

Report: Bryant to test draft waters, won't hire agent

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Indiana center Thomas Bryant will declare for the NBA draft but will not immediately hire an agent, ESPN reported Tuesday, meaning the 6-foot-10 big man could still stay in school with eligibility preserved.

Bryant would have been a first-round pick in the 2016 draft but said he never seriously considered leaving after his freshman season. This time around, even though his stock declined during a rocky sophomore campaign, Bryant apparently wants to at least be allowed to meet with NBA personnel, which is allowed for players who officially declare.

College underclassmen can withdraw any time before May 26 without losing their NCAA eligibility.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman, who reported Monday that IU forward OG Anunoby will hire an agent and end his career in Bloomington, also reported Bryant's situation, citing an unnamed source.

Bryant averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a freshman but saw his field goal percentage decline from 68 percent to 52 percent as a sophomore, when he averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 boards.