North Carolina was in need of some good news on the hoops recruiting front and it came in impressive fashion on Wednesday evening.
During a phone conversation Wednesday night, Tony Bradley told Roy Williams he was ready to announce his final list of schools.
“I asked him (Williams) if he wanted to hear it,” his father, Tony Bradley Sr., told Inside Carolina. “He said ‘Yes.’ So I said, ‘We’re down to one school – North Carolina.’"
The younger Bradley took it from there.
"That’s when I committed," said Bradley, a 6-10, 230-pound center from Bartow (Fla.) High School. "He was real excited. He was hollering.
“It just felt like the right moment, the right time. They’ve been the favorite for a long time. I just decided to pull the trigger.
“They were the favorite because the tradition, the program, the people and all the players that have been through the program. I’ve always thought I’d end up there, they’ve always been the leader.”
Bradley only took one official visit - to UNC - for the Carolina-Duke game earlier this year. He was also considering offers from Kansas, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Kansas and Florida State, among others.
“He (Williams) said he’s so excited and so happy to be able to coach Tony,” Bradley Sr. said. "North Carolina has led since his official visit in March. They really set a standard. We really connected with them - coach Hubert Davis and the rest of staff - really well.
“We were going to have all these coaches come down and visit with us each day for about a month. I asked Tony, ‘Who are you more comfortable with?’ Instead of wasting other people’s times and taking visits to other places, we figured we’d go ahead and commit.”
Added Bradley: “I knew where I wanted to go. That’s why I committed.”
Bradey is ranked the No. 31 overall player in the class of 2016 by Scout.com, but his ranking understates his value to a college program. No post player was more consistent at high level events throughout the summer circuit than Bradley, who sports a 7-4 wingspan.
Case in point, in the championship game of the Nike Global Challenge - which, in effect, comprised the all-stars of the EYBL circuit - Bradley finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. And that was after he had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the final pool play game. In those two games against elite competition, Bradley was 20-for-27 from the field.
"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. He blocks shots frequently and also possesses some back to the basket 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."