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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:51 pm

Freshmen relish 'crazy' Hoosier Hysteria crowd

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON — At Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean said freshman center Thomas Bryant completed his seventh practice of training camp earlier in the day.

Bryant showed no signs of a lingering foot issue when he used about every move in his arsenal in the intrasquad scrimmage.

"I am feeling good," he said. "With the coaching staff and trainers that we have, they are getting me in the best shape I can be in coming off that injury. I felt good coming back to practice. I feel good now after going out there at Hoosier Hysteria and playing, running up and down the floor. It felt real good."

Bryant said he's doing more at practice than "just going through the flow."

"I'm doing what the trainers are telling me to do," he said. "I'm attacking it as soon as I'm in it. I'm doing the best I can do."

The injury that kept Bryant out of practice for a couple weeks was admittedly frustrating.

"But everything happens for a reason," he said. "That's what I took it as."

His first action in front of Assembly Hall fans struck him as the reward.

"Just seeing those fans come out and support us, that got me really excited," Bryant said. "We wouldn't be out there if it wasn't for them."

Bryant's introductory music was the Tommy Seebach Band's "Apache."

"My dad just suggested the songs, and my teammates were, too," he said. "I thought of all the songs I used to listen to back in the day. Then I thought of that one and I thought, 'Oh, that's funny. It's hyped up. A little goofy.' I thought that would be good to come out to."

As for the idea for that Taylor Swift song fans also heard?

"Coach Crean's," said Bryant's fellow freshman O.G. Anunoby. "I was happy (to come out to it) because I liked that."

Bryant, Anunoby and the third scholarship freshman, Juwan Morgan, all enjoyed their first sampling of the program's pageantry.

"It was crazy," Morgan said. "I was not expecting it to be this loud. I came last year, and it was loud. But actually being on the court and experiencing it was a whole other level. I'm just looking forward to playing here this year."

 


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