The high school basketball circuit in the United States is in incredible shape. Over 500,000 boys participated in varsity basketball, and that number continues to grow. With having such an overabundance of talent, it can be difficult to tell who will rise above the rest. A tell-tale sign of development is when one of these high school prospects attends a prep school like Oak Hill Academy, Montverde Academy, or IMG Academy. These programs have done an exceptional job at preparing kids for the collegiate level and beyond. Jaden Bradley who played his last year of high school basketball at IMG Academy is proving he has what it takes to be an elite guard at the next level. Let’s talk about it.
Jaden Bradley is a 6’3” point guard from Rochester, New York. In his sophomore year at Cannon School in North Carolina, Bradley was a dominant floor general dropping 23.1 points, grabbing 6.4 rebounds, and dishing out 6.1 assists per game. Those marks were good enough to earn him the North Carolina Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.
What makes Bradley so special on the offense end is his shifty speed, incredibly high basketball IQ, and decision making. You can tell by his body language that Bradley relishes his role as the primary ball handler. Bradley is able to use that combination of speed and high IQ to dominate in transition. Another key aspect that makes Bradley so elite in transition is his on-ball defense. An absolute pest to any offensive player, Bradley was able to secure 2.9 steals per game.
At the Nike EYBL-Peach Jam last summer, Bradley played on Chris Paul’s AAU team, Team CP3. Putting up 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game, the #2 ranked point guard in the class of 2022 showed that he is more than equipped to face off against other top-level talent in the country. It should come as no surprise that Bradley was selected to participate in this year’s McDonald’s All-American game.
Bradley will be attending the University of Alabama next season under coach Nate Oats. Bama runs one of the highest paced offenses in college basketball, which makes Bradley the perfect fit for their offensive scheme. The sky’s the limit for Jaden Bradley next season at Alabama and I could not be more excited to see what he can do.