PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Two games, two states, two recruits, two flights — and one coach.
Whatever tasks he sets for himself to accomplish on a given day, Roy Williams certainly checked all of the boxes on Saturday. North Carolina’s venerable and extremely durable head coach guided the Tar Heels past rival N.C. State in the afternoon, hopped aboard a flight to South Florida, watched senior signees Tony Bradley and Brandon Robinson compete at the Wally Keller Invitational, then shipped out immediately afterward.
Williams, accompanied by assistant Hubert Davis, certainly didn’t get to watch peacefully. He shook hands, smiled for photos, signed sneakers and generally behaved as though he hadn’t already put himself through a ringer prior to the evening’s contest.
The game itself featured two Tar Heels amid highly successful seasons. Bradley’s Bartow squad dominated the action against Robinson’s Douglas County group, and in fact both star players sat out the final four minutes of action.
Bradley performed as he has all season. The senior big man has become leaner and is running better than ever, and he almost effortlessly notched 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
His game should translate very well to the college level. He possesses outstanding hands, scored prolifically thanks to polished footwork and touch around the basket, read double teams and passed to open shooters, and he generally looked like the kind of player who can go on to achieve great things in the game.
Robinson started out slowly, scoring just four points in the first half and struggling with his jump shot. But he turned it on in the second half, scoring 18 of his 22 points and showcasing his velvety perimeter jumper. He also scored effectively in transition and made a couple of nice defensive plays.
Both teams have competed at several national events and from here forward will focus on conference play and their pursuit of state championships. We’ll have much more later, including interviews and highlights from the evening’s action.