June 2, 2008

Bradley has top eight; visit looming

Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, WA is home to one of the top high school backcourts in the nation. Top 2009 prospects Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley combine to make up a special combination of point guard play and scoring ability off the ball. Bradley is one of the fastest rising juniors in the country after a terrific spring on the AAU circuit. With the solid spring, offers have poured in from many a Pac-10 school as well as programs from around the country.

For some prospects, rising to five-star status and being ranked #17 in a class nationally can be overwhelming, but not for Bradley. The 6-2.5, 175-pound scoring guard knows exactly why has been the recipient of a sharp ranking increase that has been followed by an increased interest from programs around the country.

"Well, the reason I'm ranked high is because I'm very consistent and play both ends of the floor equally," Bradley said. "I'm working on my point guard skills right now. Making plays for my teammates is something I want to improve on,"

On the recruiting front, the Tacoma area prospect has a list of eight schools that he is seriously considering. Bradley has hopes that he and Gaddy, can play together at the next level.

"I actually have a top eight. They are Arizona, Texas UCLA, USC, Kansas, Memphis, Gonzaga and Oregon. Abdul and I are planning to go to the same school together. That's why I have a top eight and he has a top eight. We have six of the same schools on our lists (Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Memphis, USC and Oregon)," Bradley said.

One school in particular that Bradley is very high is the Texas Longhorns. The scoring guard moved to Washington from the Arlington area in junior high and has always had a strong interest in the Texas program.

"I've always anted to go Texas. I moved to Washington my 7th grade summer from Arlington," Bradley said.

With the decision to cut the list down to a manageable number, the unofficial visit process is on the horizon for the five-star prospect. While Bradley doesn't have visit dates set in stone, he knows he is going to Austin in June.

"I haven't decided yet on my visits, but I'm going to Texas in June for camp (Elite Camp June 26-27) to take a look at the school and program," Bradley said.

When the visit process begins for the Texas native, Bradley has a very good idea of what he is looking for in a college program.

"The main thing I'm looking for is the college that can get me to the next level. A place that can help me improve. My goal is to pick my school at the end of the summer. Hopefully I can go see all of the schools on my list." Bradley said.


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