Bradley Solid in McDonald's Game

Wednesday night was a first look for many Longhorn fans at future shooting guard Avery Bradley and the 6-2.5, 175-pounder did not disappoint. The five-star prospect scored, rebounded, ran the floor and made a couple of impressive open court steals in a 113-110 West loss to the East.

One thing that is now known about Avery Bradley is that he delivers when the lights are the brightest. Bradley's impressive week in Miami began on Monday night with a win in the slam dunk contest with a trio of lob passes that he caught in mid-air throwing down a double pump reverse, a right handed windmill and finally a 360 and right handed finish.

On Wednesday night, Bradley again delivered on high school basketball's biggest stage pouring in 15 points, six rebounds, three steals and an assist in the McDonald's All-American game won by the East 113-110.

The #10 ranked prospect in the 2009 class got his night started off quickly as a starter for the West following an Abdul Gaddy missed lay-up with a two handed follow up dunk.

Bradley followed with a pair of rebounds and a steal before scoring again, this time on a 19-footer from just left of the top of the key off of a pair of calm dribbles.

After a quiet period on the floor (more from others taking shots and not hitting Bradley on three basket cuts when his defender turned his head), the Tacoma native recorded a steal on one possession and a one handed dunk to finish the first half. Bradley totaled six points, three rebounds, a nifty assist to former teammate and future Washington point guard Abdul Gaddy and the aforementioned steal.

Bradley began the second half on the bench, but quickly got things going when he checked in. Bradley, who was recruited by Texas assistant Chris Ogden, knocked down a three from the right wing off the dribble and followed with a pair of free throws to climb into double figures with 11 points.

The five-star prospect continued his solid play in the closing minutes of the game after a breather scoring on a terrific drive in the open court and on a one handed dunk in transition to finish with 15 points. The quick and explosive leaper also grabbed two more rebounds and recorded two thefts.

Bradley finished 6-10 from the field, 1-3 from three-point land and 2-3 from the free throw line. He did most of his damage being defended by 6-6, powerful guard Lance Stephenson for the East.

As is the case with all-star basketball games, the playing time is split in many ways and the defense is light to put things as nicely as possible. That was more of the same tonight, but Bradley was one of a handful of players that got down in a defensive stance and made an effort to guard the ball and hustle back on defensive scrambling situations.

In addition to guarding the ball and creating multiple turnovers, Bradley showed his speed and quickness changing ends of the floor, his speed with the ball in transition, a high hoops IQ with a number of heady basket cuts as well as two terrific reads in screen and roll as well as in transition, the toughness to fight for traffic rebounds in the paint and the ability to take contact and remain balanced.

Bradley will team up with fellow Longhorn signee Jordan Hamilton on April 18 in the Jordan Classic at Madison Square Garden. The prestigious all-star game will be televised by ESPN2.


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