Report: Former IU basketball star Thomas Bryant tested positive for COVID-19

The Washington Post is reporting that former Indiana basketball forward Thomas Bryant has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

A center with the Washington Wizards, Bryant did not join the team when it traveled to Orlando to enter the NBA’s restart bubble this week.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was likely speaking of Bryant on Thursday night when addressing the media on a video conference call from Orlando.

Brooks’ remarks sounded optimistic that Bryant would be able to join the team.

“A couple of guys did not make the trip. Hopefully they will be joining us soon,” Brooks said.

Gary Payton II of the Wizards also tested positive for COVID-19 according to the report.

Washington’s first exhibition game is scheduled for July 22. They play their first regular season game on July 31.

Bryant is one of more than two dozen NBA players that tested positive.  On July 2, the league announced that 25 of 351 players have tested positive since June 23.

The 6-foot-10 Bryant was averaging career bests in points (12.1) and rebounds (6.8) per game before the season was postponed.  His per game rebounding average leads the Wizards.

Bryant was picked up by the Wizards off waivers in 2018, and he signed a three-year, $25 million dollar deal last year.

Bryant averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in two seasons at Indiana and was named third team All-Big Ten after both seasons.

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