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UNC Commit Tony Bradley Takes In Tar Heel Experience

Tony Bradley is beginning to learn what it's like to be a Tar Heel.

Tony Bradley’s trip to Chapel Hill for “Late Night with Roy” was a lot different from his official visit in March.

He didn’t have to stay even-keeled or mild-mannered for fear of tipping his hand during his recruitment. This time, he could laugh, smile and soak in his first time in the Smith Center as a member of the UNC basketball program.

“It was great,” Bradley said. “I saw a lot of dancing and stuff. Everyone has to dance. I was like ‘wow.’ I definitely am going to have to get ready for that. I think I’ll be able to hold my own out there next year, at least I’ll have other players and the ladies dancing so it won’t be that bad.”

“Theo (Pinson), Kennedy (Meeks) and Joel (Berry) were probably the most entertaining,” he said. “They looked like they were really into it.”

One of the things Bradley will have to get used to, he said, is the attention that comes with being a North Carolina player. The Smith Center was near capacity during Late Night and lots of fans recognized him.

“I had people asking me for my autograph,” he said with a laugh. “They wanted to take pictures with me and stuff, so that was different. I’d never given an autograph before.”

When the dancing was complete and this year’s UNC team played a brief scrimmage, Bradley focused on watching UNC bigs Joel James, Isaiah Hicks, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks.

“I just like the system overall,” he said. “Most of the time the bigs got to touch the ball first, that was the first thing they were looking to do. If you pass the ball to me and your man is open, I kick it out and you shoot, that’s how it should work. I’m not a selfish guy, I’m not going to shoot every time you pass it to me.”

Bradley was able to briefly talk with his future head coach Roy Williams after the event, as well Late Night host Kenny Smith.

“Coach Williams asked me if I was ready to go out there and dance next year,” said Bradley. “Then he just told me he’s really excited about me getting there next year and he’s ready to coach me.”

“Kenny Smith told me that I made a great decision to come to North Carolina,” Bradley continued. “He’s a real nice guy. He just wished me well for my high school season.”

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