Tony Bradley has no idea how many offers he’s received and probably won’t as the list continues to swell.
“I don’t really know the exact number, but it’s going pretty well,” Bradley said about his recruitment process. “I’m enjoying it so far.”
Tennessee didn’t miss out on the party, offering Bradley two years and two coaching staffs ago. The current staff, spearheaded by new head coach Rick Barnes, now hopes to continue building the solid relationship started by their predecessors as they look to lock down one of the most heralded centers in the country.
At 6-foot-8, 220-pounds, the Bartow, Fla., native already possesses the size to bang around in the paint with players at the next level. Bradley maintains a strong high-low game and can use his right hand when needed to float a soft hook in the lane. He’s athletic for a big man, plays even taller around the rim than he is and remains highly coveted by some of the most prestigious programs in the country, as was proven in Friday’s Nike Peach Jam when UNC coach Roy Williams sat front and center to watch him play.
The Vols’ staff is also courting Bradley, who notched 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks Friday morning in his Each 1 Teach 1 team’s 88-82 win over Mokan Elite in the Peach Jam. The class of 2016 product told InsideTennessee he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Knoxville this year, although he doesn’t have a particular time period in mind for when that might take place.
“I’ve heard a lot about Tennessee. I talk to them, but not as much as other schools,” Bradley said. “They’re just trying to get me on campus and just go on campus and they say I’ll go there and fall in love with campus.”
The environment of campus life certainly serves as a major selling point for universities in the recruiting game, and having a head coach with a track record of landing players in the NBA has also become an impactful draw for Tennessee. Bradley said he watched Barnes at Texas growing up and admires his illustrious career.
But landing a prospect usually boils down to the recruit’s relationship with the coaching staff, and despite his overflowing list of offers, the rising senior is no different.
“(I’m looking for) just a relationship with the coaches, me feeling the most comfortable with the coaches,” he said.
While the Peach Jam continues into Sunday’s championship game, Bradley is putting recruiting on the back-burner. He’s not focused on what colleges are saying to him or how many coaches cram into the gym to get a glimpse of his talent.
Right now, Bradley wants one thing and one thing only — wins.
“Right now, I’m not sorting through [my offers],” he said. “I’m just trying to get better and right now I’m not doing recruiting, I’m just trying to win games.”