Bradley is an athletic, confident guard who plays with a high basketball IQ. It’s the reason he’s a top prospect in the class of 2022.
Jaden Bradley Highlights
If Bradley cracks the middle of the defense, he opens a plethora of possibilities. From the paint, he can make any pass. The threat of a floater forces defenders to show early and opens the dump off. His ability to hit the mid-range jumper brings help from the wing and creates open 3-point looks.
At 6-foot-2 and 178 pounds, he has a sturdy frame. He finishes with strength at the rim, possessing the ability to hang in the air and maneuver his shot if necessary. In the open floor, Bradley pushes the ball and changes pace to process the best read. The five-star isn’t a high-volume perimeter shooter, but his shot has good mechanics. He doesn’t need to shoot at a high clip to be effective.
The point guard’s maturity shines through his intelligent playmaking. Bradley plays under control, purposefully evaluating his next move. He rebounds well at his position.
Jaden Bradley Basketball Recruiting
After playing his first two seasons at Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, Bradley transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in June 2020. He’ll play alongside Moussa Diabate, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, and Jarace Walker on one of the most talented rosters in the country.
In his inaugural high school season, he made the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team. He was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year last season.
Bradley is the seventh-ranked recruit in the class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the top-rated point guard.
So far, Bradley holds scholarship offers from North Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, DePaul, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Wake Forest. 247Sports‘ Crystal Ball predicts he’ll play his college basketball at UNC.
He spoke about receiving the offer from Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams to Inside Carolina in March 2020:
“(Williams’) overall message was that he likes my game. He said he was going to try and come see me during the spring (evaluation periods), but since the Coronavirus happened he couldn’t. He said to keep getting better on and off the court throughout the year. I was happy (about the offer). (I’m) extremely blessed to have an opportunity like this. I kind of knew about North Carolina (before they started recruiting me) because I watched a lot of games. I know they have had good point guards throughout the years.”
Bradley attended the North Carolina vs. Duke game in Chapel Hill on February 8, 2020.
Bradley will be exposed to more elite competition at IMG. He’s poised to steer the offense into high gear.