Vol basketball commitment Dane Bradshaw contributed significantly in the semis and finals, helping the South win the gold medal at the recent USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs.
After seeing just 34 minutes of action in the first three games, Bradshaw came off the bench to produce a double-double (13 points and 14 rebounds) in the semifinal game. He then earned a start in the title game and came through in the clutch. Bradshaw produced two steals, four points and an assist in the final 2:40 as the South broke a tie and beat the East 118-110 for the championship.
Bradshaw, who will be a senior at Memphis White Station High School this year, told The Commercial Appeal that his situation was ''real political'' and suggested that this was the reason he played so sparingly in the team's first three games.
Bradshaw committed publicly to Tennessee last fall and will sign with the Vols during the early signing period this November. He is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard. Some observers project him to play the point, while others say he lacks the ballhandling skills and quickness for that role.