Avery Bradley is a McDonald's All-American

Findlay Prep guard Avery Bradley is a McDonald's All-American. The 6-2.5, 175 pound future Longhorn began his rise up the class of 2009 rankings in April and by summer's end, he made it all the way to the top ten. Last week, Bradley was named to the prestigious team and took the time to speak to Burnt Orange Beat last Friday at SMU.

Avery Bradley entered the spring AAU circuit in March as an intriguing prospect. By the end of the spring, he was a player being talked about as the fastest rising prospect in the country in the 2009 class. In the summer, the 6-2.5, 175 pound future Longhorn continued his terrific and improved play dominating a number of events.

By summer's end, the then Bellarmine Prep guard had seen his ranking go from outside of the top 100 all the way to #10. Along with the lofty ranking, Bradley was being talked about as a "slam dunk" for the 2009 McDonald's All-American game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic. On February 17, the dream became a reality for the now Findlay Prep star as he was named to the prestigious McDonald's All-American team.

Before last Friday night's game against God's Academy of the Dallas area, a 74-51 win, Bradley sat down with Burnt Orange Beat to talk about being selected to the big time all-star games and a number of other subjects.

Q: First off, congrats on being selected to the McDonald's All-American team. What are your thoughts on the selection?

A: Thanks. It means a lot. I'm very excited because I worked hard for this all summer and all of last year. I'm happy that my work paid off and can't wait to play in the game.

Q: Along with the McDonald's All-American game, you were selected to the Jordan Brand Classic game that will be played April 18. What does it mean to play in the Jordan Brand Classic?

A: That's a real honor playing in a game under Jordan's name with him being a legend. Just wearing a jersey with his name on it says it all. I'm looking forward to playing with Jordan Hamilton in the game.

Q: Will you also take part in the Nike Hoops Summit in April?

A: Yes. I'm playing in the Nike Hoops Summit April 11 in Portland. There are a lot of good players on the team. I'm looking forward to that as well.

Q: What are your thoughts on the undefeated season you guys have going at Findlay Prep (29-0 after Friday's win)?

A: We have to keep playing as a team and keep doing what has helped us be undefeated. We've been playing well as a team on the defensive end and that is what got us here today.

Q: How would you rate your individual performance this year?

A: At the beginning of the year, my shooting percentage was good and I wasn't missing a lot of shots in games. As the year went on, I've started missing more shots. I think I've had a good year so far. I've gotten my teammates involved and played both ends of the floor.

Q: Where do you need to improve as the days count down to reporting to Texas in June?

A: The games I watch on video after we play, I see that I need to really work on playing point guard. There are things I need to work on as far as handles, passing, well really a lot of things. I need to improve in all areas.

Q: Have you been watching Texas games this season? What do you make of their recent struggles?

A: When I watch them, I get frustrated like the players or anyone does. I get sick of losing, but I know that we are having a tough time right now. We'll fix things. We aren't playing that well on the offensive end.

Q: Has Tristan (Thompson) had an easy adjustment to Findlay Prep so far and does he have time to help you guys? How well do you know Tristan?

A: Tristan and I talked before he committed to Texas. We already had a relationship and now that he's in the house, our relationship will just get better and better. He's doing well. He definitely has time to help us because he's a good player and he works hard.

Bradley is currently averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game for 29-0 Findlay Prep. Bradley is knocking down 54.5% (224-411) from the field, 39.1% (27-69) from three and 75.5% (71-94) from the free throw line.

Bradley's April schedule will begin April 1 with the McDonald's All-American game followed by the Nike Hoop Summit April 11 and the Jordan Brand Classic April 18.


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