CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Since the end of the Nike EYBL regular season, Tony Bradley has been on a mission.
He’s participating in the top individual and skill camps for two reasons – to improve his overall game and prove he’s one of the best big men in high school basketball.
Bradley faced many of the country’s top players, regardless of class and shoe affiliation, at last week’s NBPA Top 100 camp.
He was routinely matched up against 2017 center DeAndre Ayton, 2016 forward Omari Spellman, 2017 center Zach Brown and 2016 UNC target Edrice Adebayo.
How’d he fare? Pretty well, he said.
“I think I’m one of the best (bigs),” the 6-10 Florida native said. “I just try to work hard and beat everybody. It’s fun coming to this camp. Different players coming from different circuits, all to one camp, so it’s been a fun experience.”
Bradley, whose recent weight loss is well chronicled, was listed at 230 pounds on the NBPA camp’s official roster. His new-found agility was evident on the court. Bradley crashed the boards and was generally more active than he’s been at some points on the EYBL circuit.
“Lately, I’ve been trying to be in better condition,” he said. (I do that) so I can beat other bigs and get easy lay-ups.”
In addition to testing himself against players like Ayton and Adebayo, Bradley also found time at NBPA to work on his overall game.
“Getting better with ball-handling, shooting, hooks with my left and right shoulders and just being more versatile (are next in the development process),” he said.
Next on the camp circuit for Bradley is the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy in Los Angeles, June 26 through 29. He’ll be in Augusta, Ga. for the EYBL Finals with his E1T1 17U squad and could participate in Adidas and Nike’s end-of-summer all-star events.
His busy schedule doesn’t leave a lot of room for recruiting. Bradley has, however, been able to get in a few conversations with UNC head coach Roy Williams since the school released the Notice of Allegations it received from the NCAA.
His most recent conversation with Williams was on Monday.
“Coach (Williams) has just been emphasizing how well Tony will do there and how well he’ll fit in the system he has,” his father, Tony Bradley Sr., said. “That (potential NCAA sanctions) was really a concern for us. We looked at everything and it isn’t a major concern, it’s a minor concern. You want to monitor everything just in case they aren’t eligible to play in the postseason, but we took the glass being half-full.”
Texas Tech, Indiana, Memphis, Georgia Tech and “several other schools” have joined Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami and North Carolina by giving Bradley a recent scholarship offer.
Bradley’s official visit to UNC in March is the only one he’s taken and the only one he has planned right now.
“We’re just basically absorbing everything in and going from there,” explained Bradley Sr. “We have not ruled any schools out and we’re not considering one school more than others right now. We want to get all the data we need to make an informed decision and go from there.”
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