Posted September 18th, 2008 by Mike
Filed under: Basketball, Recruiting

Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley

Texas made a huge splash in national basketball recruiting by gaining the commitment of top-10 ranked 2009 guard [tag]Avery Bradley[/tag]. Bradley chose Texas over UCLA, creating one of the biggest “gets” in the [tag]Rick Barnes[/tag] era. While Bradley lived in Dallas for a stint, the fact Barnes and the Longhorns could get a Californian kid out of the Pac-10 is huge for this program. New assistant, and ex-player [tag]Chris Ogden[/tag] did the recruiting of Bradley who has moved up national lists with his strong performances in tournaments throughout this summer.

Bradley is 6’2″, but his long arms and tremendous athleticism makes him the premier perimeter defender in high school basketball. His size and defense will make him an instant impact player when he gets on campus. He’s not a polished outside shooter however his midrange game gives him the potential to be an elite scorer at shooting guard. expert Jerry Meyer gives the following scouting report on Bradley:

“There might not be a better midrange scorer in the class nor a better on the ball defender than Bradley. He does have room for improvement as a rebounder and passer, but his niche as a scorer and defender make him one of the top shooting guards in the country. His wing span and heart allow him to play bigger than his height.”

Bradley is the second commit in the 2009 class, joining four-star small forward [tag]Shawn Williams[/tag] out of Duncanville who committed back in early August. Add the commitment of arguably the top player in the 2010 class in [tag]Tristan Thompson[/tag] and Longhorn hoops has a great future.

The fact that Bradley will play for the Horns may not even the best part of the deal, Bradley’s good friend, and top 5 player in the 2009 class [tag]Jordan Hamilton[/tag] was already a Texas lead and the two have expressed desire to play at the same school. With Bradley, Hamilton, Williams, and Thompson on the same team, Texas should become a fixture at the top of college basketball.

Check out a video clip of Bradley below:


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  1. reply to  #1


    Excellent article! full of great facts…look forward to more blogs from you!

  2. reply to  #2


    Avery Bradley is from Tacoma,Washington not California….but good article overall…check out the reality show in washington following top recruits Peyton Siva,Tony Wroten,Josh Smith,Avery Bradley,Abdul Gaddy,Clarence Trent, and Isiah Thomas

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