Tyner's 6-10 Bradley now a big-time recruit

Tyner's 6-10 Bradley now a big-time recruit

September 15th, 2009 by Gene Henley in Sports - Preps

The summer basketball circuit was good to Tyner's Michael Bradley.

The 6-foot-10 center has become a high-level recruit and has popped on the radar of almost every major program in the country.

Bradley now ranks as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Tennessee and the No. 15 center in the nation according to Scouts.com. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star recruit.

"Just like any other player that gets recruited like Mike's been, you start to get that swagger," Tyner coach Gerald Harris said. "He plays with more confidence now. Coaches can't help but see his up side.

"Three months ago, nobody knew who Michael Bradley was," Harris continued. "What's happening now is based on how he performed over the summer. Coaches are calling so much that I just leave my voice-mail full. It's all messages for him."

Bradley emerged on the scene after AAU tournaments in Kentucky and Orlando. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, who traveled to Orlando to watch a Huskies recruit, became interested when Bradley outplayed the player he was previously recruiting.

"Coach Calhoun said Mike reminds him of some of the players he's had at UConn over the years," Harris said.

Bradley just got back from a visit to Georgia. Drake, Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth are among other suitors. UConn and Belmont coaches were on the Tyner campus Monday.

"Word of him spread like wildfire," Harris said. "Everybody started calling, trying to find out who this kid is and why he's not being recruited."

Bradley, who has been playing basketball only four years, started working and working out at D1 Sports Complex over the summer. He now weighs 215 pounds after adding about 20 pounds after helping the Rams reach the state sectionals last winter.

Also a scholar, he ranks in the top 10 in his class and has a 25 ACT score. He plans to major in pharmacy.

Harris said Bradley's demeanor hasn't changed through the process.

"Mike's just very quiet and humble," Harris said. "He's handled it like he's been getting recruited like this for years."