Peach Jam: Tony Bradley

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Albeit sometimes quiet off the court, Florida native Tony Bradley was bold at this week’s Peach Jam. The burly center waged battle against some of the nation’s best frontcourt prospects, including No. 1 Harry Giles in spots on Saturday night.

Tony Bradley doesn’t do a lot of things that turn heads, unless you’re a basketball purist — or a college coach. Scout’s No. 34 overall prospect was a ringleader all week for the gifted Each 1 Teach 1 squad, which also features blue-chip forward Jonathan Isaac and others.

In E1T1’s victory over BABC on Saturday morning, Bradley went for 16 points and eight rebounds on 8-9 shooting from he floor. He utilized his broad shoulders and strong legs to establish deep post position, took one or two power dribbles and then took high percentage shots. His ability score over either shoulder is noted, and he can hit short jump shots when given space.

His team fell in the quarterfinal to CP3 this evening, but Bradley again worked efficiently: 10 points (4-6 FG), five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

He’ll need to further improve his face-up ability and hopefully raise the release point on his jumper, but clearly he has progressed both in production and confidence during the travel season. A promising, yet inconsistent big men in the spring, this week — against the best competition Nike has to offer — he took another step forward.

His scholarship offers include North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Memphis and many others, and he intends to pare his list down sometime following the summer.

He and his team brought out coaches from those programs along with many others, and everyone will observe closely how Bradley navigates the process from this point forward.

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