To find out how Tony Bradley faired during games this summer, Roy Williams didn’t have to be in the same building.
Or the same city. Or the same state.
Most of the time, he already had a good idea.
See, Bradley, a 6-10 forward from Bartow (Fla.) High School, was among the most consistent players during July’s three, five-day evaluation periods.
Becoming his E1T1 squad’s No. 1 option with only five other players on the roster in Las Vegas? 30 points, 15 rebounds.
Facing one of the country’s most feared shot blockers at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago? 21 points, 12 rebounds.
Going up against a team whose zone was designed to limit his touches in Augusta? 21 points, seven rebounds.
Every game, it seemed, Bradley did what he always does.
“I’ve really been putting in work and just trying to do my best,” Bradley said. “I practice hard, even during July, and I’m working to get better all the time.”
While consistency has been the name of Bradley’s game, he showed a more dynamic side during the final evaluation period in Las Vegas last week.
With stars Jonathan Isaac and Maverick Rowan not playing, Bradley became E1T1’s go-to scorer.
“Oh, I loved the role,” he said enthusiastically. “I feel like I had a great overall week and my coach wanted me to do more with scoring and stuff like that. We didn’t have most of our team, so I had to be that guy for us.”
“With Jonathan and Maverick not there, I’m usually the third option. Them not being there gave me more opportunity to show what I can do and show some of the skills I have.”
In six games in Las Vegas, Bradley averaged a double-double and scored 25 or more points four times. In addition to a lighter roster, he attributed his high-scoring games to being able to do more.
“I made three 3-pointers in one game,” he said. “I handled the ball some and I actually can do that well. I can stretch the floor a lot. I was just pretty much out there doing what I wanted to, instead of just being stuck from box to box, setting screens and things like that.”
Bradley plans to participate in this weekend’s Adidas Nations camp, his final summer destination. From there, he’ll return to Florida and rest up before school starts. During that time, he’ll likely cut his list and make a decision on where to take his four remaining official visits (he took his first to UNC in March).
“I’m just taking my time with recruiting,” he explained. “I’m open to all schools and I’m not leaning towards any school right now. I’m just going through the process. I’ll probably be ready to narrow my list down in September. It’s not clear which other schools I’ll be visiting, but we’re trying to figure that out.”
Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama and Colorado, Bradley said, are the schools who communicate most often.
As for the Tar Heels, Bradley and his father, Tony Bradley Sr., speak with the UNC coaching staff regularly.
“Coach Roy and his assistants call me as much as possible,” Bradley said. “He (Coach Williams) is trying to keep the history running through my mind, the program running through my mind. He is telling me different things about Tar Heels history and stuff.”
Added Tony Bradley Sr: “He says how much he would love to coach Tony and wants to him to be a part of his program.”
Bradley’s performances in July have him primed for rise in the class of 2016 rankings, where he currently is the No. 34 overall player.
He’s unsure when he’ll make a final college decision.
“It’s going to happen whenever I feel comfortable on deciding,” Bradley said. “Right now I’m leaning towards the fall, but it can be anytime depending on comfort level.”
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