Basketball Recruiting

Texas Recruit Bradley Scores 15 in McDonald’s All-American Game

Guard Avery Bradley, who will be a freshman for Rick Barnes and the Horns next season, scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, but his West squad fell to the East, 113-110 at the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Game.
The West may not have won, but Avery Bradley still showed why the Texas Longhorns recruited him.

Bradley scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and had an impressive night overall. Bradley, who won Monday night’s dunk competition, had three dunks, hit a three-pointer and had several nice assists coming off the fast break. One of his best attributes is his speed and he was able to out run other top players on both ends of the floor.

The MVP of the game, though, was Georgia Tech verbal Derrick Favors, who scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards for the East in his all-star team’s 113-110 victory.

Analysis of Bradley’s performance in practices this week from Scouts, Inc.

Avery Bradley, 6-3, 180, SG, Puyallup, Wash./Findley College Prep (Nev.)National rank at shooting guard: 2 Signed: TexasBradley has been impressive all week, dominating practices with his competitiveness and explosive athleticism. He plays with energy and enthusiasm and gets after his opponent on both ends of the floor, but what really stands is the defensive effort he’s making in an All-Star game environment. While most players are worrying about how many touches or shots they got, this kid is making a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball. He has been excellent on the offensive end as well with some acrobatic moves in transition and can finish with the best of them. He has a very good mid-range game and is a good free-throw shooter, but needs to improve on his consistency from behind the 3-point arc. Teams at the next level will back off him to take away his drive and force him to score from outside. He has shown a great attitude and work ethic, which has made him standout among his peers. Texas has landed a gem.

Additional analysis from Paul Biancardi of Scouts, Inc.

Strengths: Bradley is the most complete shooting guard in the Class of 2009. He is one of the few elite players in the country who is an excellent on- and off-ball defender. He has a terrific mid-range jump shot and an improving 3-point shot. Bradley has the instincts to become a big time scorer. He also is great at letting the game come to him and not forcing things.Weaknesses: Bradley has greatly improved his stroke, but he now needs to extend his range. His shot is very potent in the mid-range area, but beyond the stripe it’s not nearly as consistent. In addition, he is very good in a catch-and-shoot set, but he needs to get better putting the ball on the floor to create offense, especially going to his left.How he’ll fit: Bradley should be one of the few freshman in the country who will contribute immediately at a high level both offensively and defensively. Texas loses a lot with the graduation of their go-to guy, A.J. Abrams. Although no one can replace Abrams right away, Bradley will give the Longhorns something to be excited about.

Also see Inside Texas’ interview with Avery Bradley from earlier this week: One-on-One with Avery Bradley