"Early in the season I had a talk with (assistant) coach (Dave) Hobbs about my role. He wanted me to concentrate on the difference between good and bad shots. I think I'm doing a better job of that now, but I know I sometimes still take some bad shots," he said.
The Kentucky sophomore admits he sometimes would like to play a faster, more wide open game than what coach Tubby Smith prefers.
"It's tough sometimes to go out there and think about what the coaches might say when I shoot or just too think too much," Bradley said. "I've got to be myself and play my game.
"It's not like I make a move and think, ‘Am I coming out if I miss.' If I make a shot, coach Smith doesn't say much. If I miss, I realize he's going to say something if he didn't think it was a good shot. It's not personal. I understand that. It's just that sometimes I get so confident that I can make a shot that I just get a little carried away."
Bradley had a career-high 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting against Ohio in a game where UK desperately needed his offense because starting guards Patrick Sparks and Rajon Rondo were a combined 3-for-14 from the field.
"Ramel always has a lot of energy and enthusiasm," Smith said. "That's contagious on our team."
Smith says as long as Bradley takes good shots, he'll play. He also wants him to improve his defense and especially his passing. "Sometimes he's so focused on his shot that he misses people who are open," Smith said. "But he can run the team. He's very mobile and versatile. He just has to stay under control."
Can he do that? "I better if I want to play," Bradley smiled and said. "I know what he means. It's not like I try to make him mad. Sometimes my confidence just gets me in trouble because when I have the ball, I always think I can score."