Bradley Going Through Process

Marshall Williams received a call from his mother asking him to return home after playing a few years of professional basketball overseas so he could take care of his younger brother and nephew.

Marshall Williams received a call from his mother asking him to return home after playing a few years of professional basketball overseas so he could take care of his younger brother and nephew.

"That's what my mother wanted me to do," said Williams. "I had always been away from home during college and after college so I wasn't around much.

"My brother Larry, he has a son, Larry Bradley, so that's my nephew. As Larry was growing up I was in-and-out of his life either playing ball in college or the pros so I wasn't around much. Now I'm his guardian... along with my younger brother, Shaquille."

Larry Bradley has the ability to play high-major college basketball, and he will likely get the chance to do so. A 6-foot-5 point guard prospect, Bradley impressed during the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions with his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and others.

He unofficially tallied 24 points and five assists at point guard for the Wisconsin Spartans in a loss to D.C. Assault during pool play. Facing top 2011 point guard recruits Quinn Cook and Jerome Seagears, Bradley more than held his own.

"Larry is a really smart player," said Williams. "He's very talented and can really do everything on the floor. He's a legit point guard, but he's has a knack for scoring the basketball.

"I believe he's a pass-first point guard, but he can play any of the three backcourt positions. I think he's best running the show, and that's what he wants to do."

Bradley emerged a few years back after starring on the AAU circuit as a freshman and sophomore. He impressed as a freshman for Milwaukee (WI) Vincent, but transferred to Wauwatosa East High School for his sophomore season.

"He's a heady player," said Williams. "He knows how to play the game, but he has areas that he needs to improve on though. Mentally, he needs to be more consistent as far as being a leader. If you're going to have the ball in your hands as the point guard, you must be a strong leader and I want to see him get to that level."

A lot of folks in Wisconsin were hyping him up as the state's top prospect in the 2011 class, but he ran into some legal issues last spring and that has impacted his recruitment.

"He was the No. 1 player in his class for a long time in Wisconsin," Williams stated. "However, he got into some trouble which dropped him from the scene.

"Right now I'm slowly trying to get him back on the scene. We're moving in the right direction and taking everything slow because I want to do what's best for Larry."

The legal issues put Bradley behind academically and the current plan is for him to find a prep school to attend this fall and reclassify to the 2012 recruiting class.

"I don't think he's going to be in the 2011 class any longer because I want to reclassify him to 2012," said Williams. "Some people are saying just let it be, but that makes no sense to me. He's missed almost a year academically, and I think that has put him behind.

"He will be attending prep school and as of now we're in the process of selecting the school that's best for him. So far we have a visit lined up with Huntington Prep down in West Virginia... we're going to go check them out and go from there."

Although Bradley has had limited exposure recently, college coaches are still expressing interest.

"He's receiving high level interest from several colleges," Williams stated. "A bunch of schools are calling him to let him know they are interested.

"I talked to coach Strickland from NC State and they are recruiting him. I know he said they will be watching and tracking his progress. State's definitely one of the schools interested in Larry. Xavier is another, they've called... I also know Larry likes Texas and USC. We also plan on going to a camp at Kentucky, and West Virginia is another that is interested."

Because Bradley will likely be a member of the 2012 recruiting class there is no rush on his recruitment. He's going to take his time and find the best fit for him.

"We've got to find the right place for him to play," said Williams. "We know the style he wants to play, and we want him at a place where he can go in and develop into a leader.

"There is no timetable or no set schedule. We're trying to take it slow and find the right place for Larry. He's really a good kid who is still maturing, and I'm hoping we can find the best place for him to play college ball and earn a college degree."

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