UNC Gets Early Look at Bradley

Less than 10 hours after UNC’s win over Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill on Sunday, Roy Williams was in central Florida at a high school basketball practice.

Williams, and assistant coach Hubert Davis, flew to Bartow (Fla.) High School to watch 2016 offered center Tony Bradley Jr.

Because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Bartow head coach Terrence McGriff called a 7 a.m. practice so his players could celebrate and attend events later in the day.

“We usually practice until I don’t feel like it,” McGriff said. “But this morning we practiced for a couple of hours.”

What the North Carolina staff saw in Bradley this past summer, during the high school season and this morning, is usually what it looks for in a big man.

“He’s got really good hands first off,” said McGriff. “They are outstanding and he runs the floor really well. He’s a big body, not like Kennedy Meeks, but he’s a big boy at 6-10 or 6-11. That’s probably why UNC likes him. They like guys who can move up and down the floor and who have good hands.”

Williams and Davis spent most of their time talking with Bradley's dad, Tony Bradley Sr. The No. 40 overall player in 2016 was only able to speak with Williams for a few moments.

While thankful and appreciative of the recruiting attention and visits, Bradley Jr. isn’t one to get overwhelmed by the minutiae of the recruiting process.

“I’m not sure that he knew Coach Williams flew down for practice so quickly after a game,” McGriff said. “I think he knew they had a game and that he was coming, but that’s it. He was grateful that they came, but he’s not into a lot of the hoopla like other guys are.”

“He’s a very unassuming and humble kid,” continued McGriff. “I think he knows it’s North Carolina, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan or Florida. But, he’s like ‘I still have to practice and I’m still going to get coached as if they weren’t here.’ He’s a hard-working, quiet, soft spoken kid who is a good student and good teammate with a calm demeanor. That’s who he is. The attention hasn’t changed who he is and that’s good for him and good for us.”

The prospect of a visit to UNC wasn’t discussed while McGriff talked with Williams and Davis, but probably was during UNC’s conversations with Bradley Sr.

“I’m sure that question was broached,” McGriff said. “We didn’t talk about that. After our season, I think his dad will be interested in doing that.”

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