In 2014, Indiana’s offseason was plagued by off the court issues. On Monday, the first day of classes at IU, another incident reportedly occurred.
Freshman center Thomas Bryant and sophomore forward Emmitt Holt were cited for illegal possession of alcohol in the early hours of Friday morning. According to a report released by the Indiana State Excise Police on Monday, Holt and Bryant were both in a car with bottles of vodka when approached by police. Holt, in the back seat, tried to hide his bottle when he spotted the cops and alerted Bryant, in the front seat, who then tried to hide his. Both were released at the scene.
The Indiana athletic department issued the following statement: “We are aware that men’s basketball players Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were each cited Friday for underage possession of alcohol. We take this matter very seriously and are continuing to gather information.”
The 6-foot-10 Bryant, a top-30 player in the Class of 2015, was a huge commitment for Tom Crean, adding a shot-blocking, rebounding big man to hold down the fort in the middle while returning the perimeter of Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams.
Holt averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game as a freshman. Unfortunately, he’s best known for being the driver who struck teammate Devin Davis on Nov. 1. Davis was hospitalized and would miss the entire 2014-15 season. Holt was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.02.
Indiana is coming a 20-14 season.