June 15th was the first day college coaches could call 2016 prospects. That meant a lot of big time offers for Bradley.
Bradley explained how the offer from Illinois went down.
"Coach Dustin Ford called me right before I was getting on the plane leaving St. Louis," Bradley said. "He said we are offering you right now. We talked about a lot of things like AAU and high school."
The Bartlow High School star was thrilled with the offer.
"I was very excited especially because I have seen Coach Ford a lot," Bradley said. "He has been to my high school a lot to watch me workout and stuff. We knew each other pretty well. He knows my coaches well too."
Bradley says he likes how Illinois is in the Big 10 and it is a strong basketball conference. He also has built a bond with assistant coach Dustin Ford early in the recruiting process.
"He is very funny actually," Bradley said of Coach Ford. "He is very good to get along with. He has been to my school at least three or four times."
Bradley talked about what he will be looking for in a program.
"Mainly the bigs getting touches," he said. "For the bigs to step out and shoot the three or mid-range shot instead of just being strictly in the post."
Bradley also discussed how he likes to play and his game style.
"I like to play the wing a little bit," he said. "I feel if a big guy is guarding me I can go past him on the wing. I am pretty quick. I feel that my strength in the low post is that I have a pretty good hook shot. I use that pretty well. My mid-range shot wasn't falling in St. Louis, but I have a pretty good shot. I like to step out and shoot the three a little bit. I know I have to get better guarding the perimeter."
He was very impressive at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis and will take what he learned back home.
"I learned a lot of new things at Elite 100," Bradley said. "I liked it a lot. Everything went well there. I am going to take the things I learned there and work on them."
Bradley runs with the Southern Stampede in the Nike EYBL. They qualified for Peach Jam and Illinois will be there watching him. Bradley's game would be a good fit in the Illinois system as a power forward with his mobility, activity on the front line, and upside.
The Scouting Report
Tony Bradley is a 6'8" 234 pound four man that has an impressive 7'4" wingspan. He knows how to use his physical tools to his advantage on both ends of the floor. The Florida high school product has great mobility and smooth movements around the basket.
He has a knack for going over either shoulder and finishing with a soft touch. Bradley also showed the ability to effectively finish on the opposite side of the basket when the defender took his other avenue away.
While in the post, Bradley used several quick spin moves as well as some sweeping jump hook shots. He does a nice job banking the ball off the glass. Bradley also exhibited flashes of a face up game where he received the ball in the 15-18 foot range and attacked.
He is a plus rebounder that uses his length to high point the ball. Throughout the week he did a solid job rebounding against a variety of post players. His ability on the offensive glass was evident as he had several offensive rebounds for finishes. The junior utilizes his length on the defensive end both altering shots and getting in passing lanes.