CHICAGO -- Few big men in the Class of 2016 have stood out more this month than Tony Bradley. After strong performances at the Peach Jam, Bradley looked even better at the Nike Global Challenge this past week against more top competition.
In the championship game of the Global Challenge, Bradley finished with 26 points and seven rebounds while he had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the final pool play game against USA East. In those two games against American competition, Bradley was 20-for-27 from the field.
Bradley should climb in the next version of the class rankings, and he's now a legitimate candidate for All-American games.
"Not too many players have the consistency of Tony Bradley," wrote Scout's Brian Snow from the Global Challenge, calling some of his performances there "tremendous."
"He possesses high shoulders, long arms and big hands, making him functionally taller than 6-8. He blocks shots frequently and also possesses some back to the basketball offense, including a right hook over his shoulder. He isn't an explosive leaper but runs well and jumps fine with a running start. He projects as an excellent collegiate big man.
"Bradley rose to the occasion each time again top competition (at the Global Challenge). While he wasn’t soaring above the rim for rebounds or throwing down nasty dunks, he was making hook shots, and controlling the glass. While the big man doesn’t do much that is flashy that will really blow you away, Bradley always finds a way to make things happen."
Consistency is a valuable trait, and Bradley has shown that this summer. But, in addition to that, he's showing improvement from month to month. And he thinks he can get even better.
"Finishing above the rim," Bradley said about what he needs to focus on. "Laying up won't cut it because [the defender] is going to get it off the glass. [Coaches were] telling me to at least try get fouled or something by finishing above the rim."
Working on getting more lift has been important for Bradley as well these last few months.
"Improving my athleticism is one big thing I've been working on. I have people that help me with medicine balls and stuff - dunking them," he said. "Once I dunk a medicine ball, it's much easier to dunk a normal basketball."
For the second week in a row, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was in attendance to check out Bradley.
Bradley's taken only one official visit thus far - to North Carolina. He has praised the Tar Heel game environment, noted the connection he felt with the players, praised Roy Williams, and spoken highly of the the program and school overall.
The Tar Heels are thus in good position with Bradley, who has always been fairly guarded about his recruitment. But with a ways to go before a decision, he doesn't want to declare a leader in his recruitment.
"A lot of people say I'm going to go there," Bradley said. "I guess it's from the first visit I went on. I'm open, I'm not leaning towards North Carolina or anything."
Bradley went on to say that he has a "great relationship" with the North Carolina coaching staff before naming the other schools he has a noteworthy relationship with.
"I think just my relationship overall with the coaches and stuff like that [is a big factor]," Bradley said. "I have a good relationship with the Alabama coaches. Alabama, Kansas, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Colorado."
Bradley still has no plans to make another other visits, but it's something he's going to try to figure out after the circuit concludes.
"Not planned," Bradley said of visits. "I'm not sure yet. I have to sit down and talk to my parents about it.
"Right now I'm open. I'm going to narrow my list down I think after summer."
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