Bradley leading perfect Findlay Prep

Future Texas Longhorn Avery Bradley continues to perform at a very high level. The 6-2.5 guard is the key cog in Findlay Prep's 11-0 start to the season with his all around play on both ends of the floor.

It's often tough to find a high school basketball star that plays both ends of the floor with equal effectiveness. Findlay Prep guard Avery Bradley is the exception to the rule. The 6-2.5, 175-pound guard has always been a terror on the defensive end as a player with the reputation of ripping an opponents heart out with suffocating on the ball defense.

This year, Bradley has balanced his game with a much-improved offensive game. The guard with a 6'7" wingspan has always had the ability to finish above the rim with jaw dropping dunks and hit mid-range jumpers going left off of one or two hard dribbles, but he has added a deadeye three-point stroke this season.

Through 11 games, Bradley has knocked down 14 of 23 from long range. While he doesn't put up a high number of three-pointers per game, the threat along has made a difference in Bradley's offensive game.

"I worked on that (three-point shot) a lot since last year," Bradley said. "I didn't change my release or anything, but just shot the ball a lot. I shot the ball a lot by myself to get better," added Bradley.

Along with the improved long range game, the future McDonald's All-American says he is continuing to work another area of his offensive game to become even more of a complete player.

"I think I'm playing pretty well. As I've said before, I need to work off of the dribble, playing point guard and make plays for my teammates," Bradley said.

While Bradley's 20.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.7 assists per game don't overwhelm one statistically compared to others, he is receiving some early mention as a possible national player of the year because of his all-around play on offense and defense. Just the mention of his name in the player of the year talk gives Bradley a feeling of hard work paying off.

"It makes me feel real good. It just makes me feel good about all of the hard work paying off," Bradley said.

When Bradley is on the court, he is watching the Texas Longhorns. Bradley thinks Texas is playing well and will get better.

"I think we look pretty good. We can play better and I think we will. I just love watching us play. It fits my style perfectly. Playing at Texas is going to work very well for me," Bradley said.


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