Four-star big man Tony Bradley talks improvement, recruiting

  • 07/14/2015 8:16 am in

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Class of 2016 Bartow (Fla.) forward Tony Bradley is continuing to stockpile offers from the nation’s top programs.

His lengthly list of offers is a who’s who of college basketball and includes Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, and Indiana, which offered a scholarship in May.

During the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man showed why the offers will likely continue to pile up. Bradley led Each 1 Teach 1 to a 4-1 record during pool play and a berth in the quarterfinal round, where the team fell just short to EYBL heavyweight CP3 in a 74-70 loss.

The highlight for Bradley was a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in the team’s 82-71 win over NY Lightning on an efficient 10-for-12 shooting from the floor.

“It’s great,” Bradley told Inside the Hall after the win. “All the hard work you’ve put into the gym and to see the coaches acknowledging that is a great feeling. I’m just grateful for the opportunity.”

After a four-point, six-rebound performance in Each 1 Teach 1’s first game of the tournament, a 65-61 win over Elfrid Payton Elite, Bradley caught fire over the team’s final five games.

From that point forward, Bradley averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, including a 35-for-46 mark from the field (76 percent) against the nation’s best frontcourt players.

Bradley said the outstanding play is no accident.

“Repetition, repetition, repetition,” he said regarding his process during the summer AAU circuit. “I’ve really been working on my hook shot. Not many people use that anymore. And my conditioning has been improving. Just trying to stay in the gym and get better.”

Combine that work ethic with Bradley’s natural size and skill and it’s not hard to understand why his list of interested programs is an impressive one. As for Indiana, the Hoosiers are hoping to stay on that list once Bradley trims it, which he says will happen following the AAU season.

“I talk to the assistants a lot,” Bradley said of his contact with Indiana. “They tell me they want me on campus for a visit and that’s a possibility. It’s hard because I’ve already taken one official, so I’ve only got so many visits and a bunch of schools.”

Jacob Savage is a special contributor to Inside the Hall for this week’s Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

(Photo credit: Larry Smith/Special to Inside the Hall)

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  • marcusgresham

    The hook shot is probably the single most indefensible action in any sport. No idea why no one uses it. Hell, the sky hook got George Zidek to the NBA!

  • The sky hook made Kareem unstoppable.. probably his single most effective tool, when teams were double and triple teaming him.

  • Caleb Moore

    No one uses it because it’s not sexy. It’s all about one on one taking a guy off the dribble these days. Refreshing to here a kid talk about a hook shot versus “getting up and down the court” all the time.

  • MK

    No one uses an actual “sky hook” because it is a really hard shot and was only perfected by one of the greatest centers of all time. Plenty of players still play fundamental basketball.

  • Robert Golden

    Adidas right shoe, Nike left shoe?

  • SCHoosier

    Hook shot is fine..but a jump hook with either hand is more effective for the court position he’ll be playing.

  • conservarino

    Why do you think TC recruits and gets so few players from Indiana? Seems to me that if he concentrated on”owning” the kids from his own state, IU could be in the hunt every year. Instead, they go to Purdue, MSU, UM, NC and Duke. What a shame!

  • Hoosier Pride

    I would throw Butler in there before NC or Duke at this point, its been awhile since we lost out to one of those two on an in state kid.

  • conservarino

    Good catch. I guess my point is that IU seems to always be after a bunch of kids from the east coast and with the exception of a few kids like Yogi and JBJ, our Indiana kids are non-scholarship and almost never see the floor. I find it really hard to believe that a state as basketball crazy as Indiana isn’t producing a lot of top quality talent; but TC seems to believe that the grass is greener elsewhere.

  • TomJameson

    I actually like Bradley quite a lot. He could easily develop to be a very good player. Maybe he would be around for 2 or 3 years???


    After reading that last paragraph I’d say our chances with this one is slim and none. I talk to the assistants, no mention of Crean. They want me to come for a campus visit, that’s a ” possibility “, almost anything is possible, but few things are more than likely to happen. I’ve already taken one official and there are only so many I can take and there are a lot of schools. Translation: I’ve only got four more and I really don’t see IU getting one of them with everybody that I have to choose from.