5-star UNC basketball target Jaden Bradley has heard from a number of the nation’s top hoops programs, as his recruitment continues to heat up in the summer months.
With absolutely no certainty how long incoming freshman point guard Caleb Love will stick around — or any recruit that the Tar Heels happen to sign from the 2021 class — North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is pushing hard for a commitment from Jaden Bradley, one of the top floor generals in the class of 2022.
North Carolina, however, isn’t the only program hoping to sign the talented 5-star guard. In fact, Bradley received calls from no less than 10 schools on June 15, the first day that college coaches were permitted to reach out to prospects from the 2022 class. Among the teams that reached out to Bradley were Auburn, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland. The Tar Heels also made their pitch that day, continuing their hot pursuit of the player that they’ve tabbed as their point guard of the future.
Along with all of the recent attention that he’s getting, Bradley is already holding on to a couple-dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Xavier. And while he’s gotten interest from the likes of Duke and Kentucky, he’s yet to receive an official offer.
A 6-foot-3, 178-pound point guard formerly from Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, Bradley is ranked No. 9 in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s second among players at his position, and No. 4 in the state of Florida — where he recently moved in order to finish out his high school hoops career at IMG Academy.
He is, without a doubt, one of the nation’s most talented back court prospects, and he’s still got two years before hitting a college campus. That’s thanks, in part, to the fact that he’s a terrific lead guard with a versatile skill set that allows him to dribble, pass and score from all three levels. He’s good at running the fast break, driving the lane through traffic and scoring in transition. He’s a good rebounder for his size, and has terrific court vision.
There’s no indication at this time when Bradley will make a commitment, but we won’t be expecting one any time soon. He’s likely to pick up a lot more offers over the course of his junior season, which could completely change the complexion of his recruitment. Once the NCAA’s current recruiting freeze is over, he’ll look to visit some of the schools that he’s interested in before whittling down his list and making a decision some time next year.
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