Bradley Turns in All-American Performance

Friday night at Moody Coliseum was the first game for Avery Bradley since being named to the McDonald's All-American team. Bradley backed up the news of his prestigious honor with an All-American performance battling through a twice-busted bottom lip. Burnt Orange Beat was in the building to file this report from Dallas.

Before the tipoff of Friday night's Findlay Prep game against God's Academy of Dallas, Avery Bradley spoke to Burnt Orange Beat about how honored he was to be named a McDonald's All-American. The 6-2.5 guard also spoke about performing every night at the level expected of a McDonald's All-American. It was clear that the future Longhorn had his mind set on showing the Dallas area fans why he was bestowed such an honor.

After the tip, Bradley wasted little time showing why he is a top ten ranked senior in the 2009 class using his speed from end line to end line, his quick and long first step, his ability to rip through and create separation off of one or two bounces and his ability to stop on a dime and pull up under control for a soft touch mid-range jumper.

Bradley scored the first six points for Findlay Prep with three mid-range jumpers and assisted on a three on two fast break to have a hand in the Pilots first eight points.

On the next possession, Bradley was the recipient of an inadvertent elbow splitting his lip in two places. Bradley would go to the bench at the five-minute mark and eventually to the locker room as the bleeding was unable to be stopped.

He returned to the bench a couple of minutes after the start of the second quarter with a bandage that stretched from jaw line to jaw line. After sitting for a little longer, Bradley checked back into the game midway through the second quarter. Upon returning, Bradley recorded a blocked shot and scored four more points before the bandage got loose and he had to return to the bench.

The first half tally for Bradley was 10 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and a blocked shot in seven minutes with the Pilots in the lead 34-28.

Bradley would again struggle with the bandage and the bleeding in the third quarter being forced to the bench for a third time. This time, the trainer on hand would resort to applying a wrap around the head of Bradley to ensure the bandage on the talented guard's lip and chin would hold.

Bradley continued his elite level of play in the quarter scoring five points (his lone three-pointer from the left wing), grabbing two rebounds, dishing out an assist and blocking a shot. Findlay Prep led 49-40 after 24 minutes with Bradley leading the way with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

The five-star prospect would again show the advanced mid-range game in the final quarter hitting a 17-footer from straight away and a 14-footer off the bounce. Throw in a steal and a two handed dunk in which the McDonald's All-American leaped straight up and threw it down from under the basket and Bradley had undeniably earned the game MVP honors which he received minutes after the Pilots' 74-51 win to keep the top ranked team undefeated on the season.

For the night Bradley connected on 8-15 field goals, 1-2 from three and 5-6 from the free throw line.

Fellow future Longhorn Tristan Thompson, the #1 prospect in the junior class, didn't enter the game until the third quarter and got his feet wet with four minutes of action. Thompson, as expected, looked like a player trying to find his way with a new team that plays a wide open game on the offensive end compared to the structured, set oriented offensive style he has grown accustomed to playing at St. Benedict Prep.

Thompson, who wore #12, recorded a blocked shot and rebound in his four minutes of action.

Avery Bradley scouting report:

As has been said many times, Bradley is a blend of speed with and without the ball, quickness with a long first step, both two foot and one step leaping ability and a 6'7" wing span Bradley has the desire to guard the ball and doing so with the smarts and understanding to take away the opponent's strong hand and the reactions to come up with a play in recovery whether it be a block, a steal or a deflection or just using his length to disrupt the timing of a pull up jump shot.

Offensively, Bradley's strength is in the mid-range with the ability to create separation and then quickly, but under complete control, pull up, elevate and knock down jumpers. Bradley also excels in transition with the ball or running the wing. He has the ability to finish above the rim with dunks or score on acrobatic contested shots.


Horns Digest Top Stories