Bradley Dominating at Findlay Prep

The Texas Longhorns signed one of the nation's top seniors in November in guard Avery Bradley. The long armed guard played his junior season at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, WA, but is at Findlay Prep as a senior. In Findlay Prep's 4-0 start, Bradley has been nothing short of dominant.

Avery Bradley has become a dominant player. Whether it was his junior season at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, WA or the spring and summer circuit playing for the Northwest Panthers or currently with Findlay Prep in Henderson, LV, the 6-2.5, 180-pound guard has been constantly dominating the competition.

After rising all the way to #10 from outside the top 100 in the senior class, many question what the multitalented guard could do for encore. In Findlay Prep's first four games, Bradley has answered with dominating performances on both ends of the floor. The future Longhorn combo guard says his team has played as just that, a team, and that is why they are having success.

"I think it's going good right now," Bradley said. "Our team is playing very well. A lot of people say we're a good team that plays as a team with good teamwork. That's why we are winning,"

In Findlay Prep's first four games, Bradley is averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.8 assists while shooting 58.8% from the field, including 50% from the three-point line.

While Bradley's much improved offensive game had received much of the attention since May, the best perimeter defender in the 2009 class continues to point to his defense and a more concerted effort to become a combo guard.

"One thing I've been trying to work on by myself is defending the ball better and setting my teammates up more. I definitely need to keep working on my point guard skills. In games now, I'm taking over with the ball and bringing it up the court and getting the ball to my teammates even though I'm not the point guard," Bradley said.

With the Thanksgiving break, Bradley got his first chance to watch his future teammates Monday in the Maui Invitational. The future backcourt mate of Justin Mason, Dogus Balbay and Varez Ward says he was impressed with the Longhorns defense and sees where he will be able to help the team next year.

"Yeah, I watched the game yesterday. I just can't wait to get there and play. That's my first thought. Their defense is really good. I can see myself helping on defense and on the offensive end too helping score the ball," Bradley said.

The former junior high player in the Arlington area won't be headed to Texas alone. Joining him will be another five-star guard/wing in Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton and Bradley have developed a close friendship in recent months and talk on a weekly basis.

"Jordan and I are really close. We talk once or twice a week. When we do talk basketball it's always about Texas and next year. I can't wait to get there," Bradley said.

Findlay Prep will return to the court on November 29 against Centennial High in Henderson, NV before heading to Kentucky for a December 6 showdown with Montverde Academy, FL in the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Both Bradley and Texas signee Shawn Williams (Duncanville) will be playing on December 6 in the Hoopfest.


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