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UNC Basketball Insider: Tony Bradley

Inside Carolina compiled insider perspectives to create an exclusive player-by-player preview of North Carolina's 2016-17 season.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Tony Bradley represents North Carolina’s first McDonald’s All-American in two years and brings a complete package to Chapel Hill as a center prospect.

Tar Heel fans, however, long ago embraced Bradley for knocking the lid off UNC’s recruiting rim with his commitment in September 2015. The 6-foot-10, 235-pounder out of Bartow, Fla. replaced a pervasive negativity surrounding the UNC program with one of both relief and excitement, thereby marking the path for Seventh Woods and Brandon Robinson to join the class.

A future centerpiece for the Tar Heels, Bradley’s technical skill and college-ready body will provide quality minutes off the bench backing up Kennedy Meeks in 2016-17.


Scored 20+ points in 20 games during his senior season

Wingspan has been measured at 7-foot-4

Described by Roy Williams as cross between Sean May and Tyler Zeller


Tony Bradley’s skill and approach to the game are reflected in his field goal percentage. He’s a highly capable back-to-the-basket scorer with accurate jump hooks, a developing face-up jumpshot, and a lot of dunks – many of which come from his impressive knack to run the floor. Those abilities, coupled with his mentality to play within his game and not force his shots, creates an efficiency that he’s showcased at every level. As a high school senior, he shot 64.8% from the field while averaging 22.8 points (and 12.6 rebounds). At the prestigious Nike EYBL Peach Jam with his E1T1 travel team, he shot 71%. And at the Nike Global Challenge – in effect the EYBL all-star event – he shot 79%.


by Rob Harrington

Bradley brings prep All-American pedigree to Chapel Hill and should receive between 13-17 minutes of playing time as a freshman. The broad-shouldered center is highly mobile for his size and body type, and that aspect of his game will translate immediately in a Roy Williams offense. While he must improve his leg strength, Bradley also carries a very solid frame for a rookie and should be able to hold his own inside. He also possesses solid post scoring moves and, as Kennedy Meeks’s likely backup, should receive similar opportunities during his minutes. Look for him to impress as a freshman and then enjoy a banner sophomore season.


by ACC Coaches

“I like him a lot. I think he’s got good hands and touch around the basket. I think he knows who he is. Big body, will be a good screener. Good guy to play off of others. I think he is a guy you really need to run up and down the court and move him on defense all over and go right at him defensively.”

“Underrated post scorer. I think coming out of high school he is probably one of the best low post scoring threats. Good size. A bit of a log jam there at the post for them, so not sure how much he will contribute for them from a scoring perspective as a freshman but he has big time potential.”


by Terrance McGriff, Bartow HS

Tony has meant more to our program off the court, in the classroom and in the community than anything he could have done on the court. And think about what he’s done in four years – two state final fours, playoffs all four years, district titles all four years, he’s our school’s all-time leading scorer, all-time leading rebounder, the first McDonald’s All-American in our school’s history and we’ve been around since the late 1870s. In more than 20 years of coaching, I’ve never had a kid like him.

He’s my kid and I’m biased, but he’s going to play because he’s good enough to play. He’s going to do everything they ask him to do. If Coach Williams asks him to get down the floor, that’s what he’s going to do. If he tells him to get his big body down there and rebound, that’s what he’s going to do. He’s 18 years old and he’s going to be playing against big, ‘ole grown men like Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. Right now, Tony is a big, ‘ole grown boy. I expect him to play and I fully expect him to play well. He’s prepared and ready. With all the freshmen coming into the ACC, he’s going to open some eyes.

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