“We just received a call from both Adidas and Reebok about attending their camps and we went with the Adidas camp,” said his father, Tony Bradley Sr. “His recruitment has stayed at the local level but with the right opportunities a lot more schools will start to watch.”
While not present for the opening day of camp, UNC is one of those schools that indicated they plan to watch the Florida native as both father and son confirmed that Tar Heel assistant coach Steve Robinson placed a recent call.
“Coach Robinson said that he plans to watch me during July, especially at the Peach Jam. It means a lot to me that UNC called,” said Bradley. “UNC and Kansas were two schools that I watched while growing up.”
Hailing from Bartow, Fla., Bradley recently led his high school team to the Class 7A state title game after averaging 18.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. With a strong sophomore season, he has received significant early interest from schools in Florida listing offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, USF, and UCF in addition to Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Clemson.
“Coach Donovan texted saying that his main reason for coming to Chicago was to watch Tony,” said his father.
While Florida recently offered Bradley, it was a fellow ACC school in Miami that was first to offer.
“Miami and Florida text me a lot and keep in touch,” said Bradley. “Miami has pretty much been talking to me the longest and they offered me a scholarship as a freshman. Florida is a nice program and they are also in the Elite 8 every year.”
During the first day of the Adidas camp, Bradley used his 7-4 inch wingspan to shoot 10-of-15 from the field.
“Running the floor and rebounding are my strengths,” said Bradley. “If I run the floor and rebound I feel that I’ll get easy buckets and easy lay-ups.”
He also displayed a soft touch on his jump shot and utilized his left hand for several hook shots in the paint.
“I can shoot the three, so I’m comfortable shooting jump shots,” he noted. “I’ve also been working on my left. I broke a bone in my right hand, so I had nothing to do but work on my left hand - left hand hooks and lay-ups - which helped me a lot.
Bradley spent the spring playing AAU for the Southern Stampede in the Nike EYBL. Despite being one year younger than most of the competition he still averaged 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. In his last two EYBL games, Bradley recorded two double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance against UNC targets Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman.
With all of the recent attention, Bradley noted that he was not very far along in the recruiting process.
“I don’t have any plans to visit schools right now, but maybe next January, February I’ll start,” he said. “All the schools are coming at me so fast it’s hard for me to keep track.”
Scout.com Evaluation: Tony Bradley at Adidas Unrivaled
by Brian Snow
"The light bulb has clearly come on for Bradley and if it wasn’t for the tremendous performance from Brandon Ingram he would have come away with all the headlines for his play. Bradley as always scored on the low block, but he mixed in a few mid-range shots, and on top of that was blocking shots and rebounding. There isn’t much negative to say about him, and Bradley keeps improving at a rapid rate."