Offers pouring in for Bradley

For Avery Bradley, things just keep getting better. The athletic junior from Bellermine Prep in Tacoma gets to play ball with his best friend and Arizona commit Abdul Gaddy while leading the Lions to victory in the first round of the 4A State tournament - a game that saw him score 37 points.

"This year was more fun," Bradley shared with recently. "We had better teamwork, better defense this year. We were hungry. Last year, I was a little under the radar and I averaged 29 points a game, and 25 this year. It was definitely harder for me and Abdul to score this year, because everyone knew who we were so they'd double and triple team us and do whatever they could to keep us under our average.

"My freshmen year, Abdul and I were role players, so they'd put me in the game for rebounding, but my whole life I've actually been playing point guard," Bradley added when asked to describe the evolution of his game. "Towards my freshmen year, I got moved to shooting guard on my AAU team, and on my school team I played post because I was taller than everybody on my team."

The maturation of Bradley's game is clearly obvious to anyone who has watched him over the last couple of seasons, and his expanding arsenal of offensive weapons should pay big dividends as he approaches the thought of playing basketball in college.

"I've just been working more on my point guard skills so I can play the point for my AAU team," he said. "I think in college I'll be a guy who can play both positions."

But how about his skills at the point compared to Gaddy?

"A lot of people say they can see me running the point guard position because they think Abdul has a lot of potential to keep growing," said Bradley. "Abdul is a better shooter than me but I'm scrappier and a better defender. The point guard is usually the quickest and best defensive player on the team, but right now Abdul is the better point guard.

"My AAU coach calls me a five-tool player - like in baseball - because I can do a little of everything. I don't really like to brag about myself, but everything I do on the court I go 100 percent - defensively, offensively, everything."

The 6-foot-3 junior will be playing for the Northwest Panthers this summer.

Bradley updated us on the current status of his college recruitment. Though he says he's currently wide open, two schools in particular have made a significant impact on the thoughtful young man.

"I haven't scheduled any official visits yet," Bradley said. "A lot of schools are showing interest, but I'm wide open still. The two schools showing me the most interest in Washington and Kentucky.

"I have offers from every school in the Pac-10 except UCLA, plus Kentucky, Kansas State, Gonzaga, and Virginia."

A regular spectator at Husky games - often accompanied by Gaddy, Bradley has developed a significant rapport with the UW coaching staff and they've obviously made an impact on him.

"I talk to Coach (Jim) Shaw a lot at UW," he said. "He's just a really nice guy, and tells me how I can improve on my game. I really like the UW coaches a lot."

As for any hint of whether staying home holds any importance with him, Bradley made it clear it wasn't a factor. "I will go wherever it fits me, wherever is going to have me playing and not sitting on the bench," he said.

As for the allure of playing his college ball with his best friend, Bradley hinted that though the thought is appealing, he realizes it probably isn't going to work out that way.

"We've talked a lot about it, and we're not just basketball buddies, we're best friends off the court as well, and we also want each other to pick the right school for us and make the right decision," he said.

Bradley plans on making his decision after summer ball.

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