Class of 2016 big man Tony Bradley talks IU offer

  • 05/28/2015 2:30 pm in

Class of 2016 Bartow (Fla.) forward Tony Bradley, who received a scholarship offer earlier this month from Indiana, is putting together a strong spring for Each 1 Teach 1 in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound post player is eighth in the EYBL in rebounding at 8.6 per game and is third in scoring for E1T1 at 11.9 points per game.

But even as the scholarship offers pile up for Bradley – he has more than 20 – he’s in no rush to make a decision on where he’ll play at the next level.

“(I’m) just taking my time,” Bradley said last weekend at the fourth EYBL session in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I’m not going to cut my list until after AAU season.”

The Hoosier offer came for Bradley, the No. 31 player nationally according to the 247Composite, a little more than two weeks ago.

“It’s a great basketball school. A lot of great players have come through the program,” he said. “Great school, great system. I talk to coach (Tom) Crean a little bit.”

Indiana joined a lengthy list of schools that have offered Bradley that also includes Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Wichita State, among others.

He has already taken an official visit to Chapel Hill, but told Scout.com earlier in the spring that he intends to take all five of his official visits.

Bradley, who played last summer for Southern Stampede in the EYBL, said he’s emphasizing two specific things this AAU season and in his development moving forward.

“Running the floor and rebounding,” Bradley said. “I’m a hardworking person who can rebound.”

J.B. Bauer contributed to this story.

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  • marcusgresham

    Those shoulders are wide enough to hold a LOT more than they presently do. This kid could be a physical monster. As it is, he’s built like a young Elden Campbell.

  • kennygeorge

    Yes Marcus, this young man can and probably,will develop even more. Would be a great get for IU if his development continues. I encouraging to see the type of young men the coaches are going after.

  • SilentBob

    Bradley is a solid player, but dang Durham has the chance to be special.

  • TomJameson

    I agree Kenny, it is encouraging to see the caliber of players the coaching staff are going after. I think that the recruiting is starting to level out a little bit.

    I hope the recruiting class sizes start to even out at around 3 or 4 every year, and the team develops a fair balance of upper classmen and one or two and dones.

    Plus, of course, we need high-character kids that fit the kind of play that CTC likes. By high character I’m talking about things like work ethic, and kids that can represent well.

  • kennygeorge

    100% agree Tom. Class size, character of kids, work ethic, and some not afraid to exhibit leadership. I have an optimistic outlook for the here and now as well as for the future. It’s time the basketball gods smiled on our IU team again!

  • dwdkc

    Yes Durham did seem to dominate the tape more. Bradley did have more rebounds on the stat line, and is a bigger frame who can develop into more of a down low force vs. a really skilled inside-out 6-9 player in Durham.

  • SilentBob

    Agreed Bradley scores big boy buckets. I like him and I think I’d rather have him than Durham for a few reasons. But Durham is a special talent