Tag:Avery Bradley
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 2:16 pm
 

Aldrich and Warren not consensus All-Big 12?


The Big 12 released its official preseason honors Thursday, and the first thing I noticed was that Texas' Avery Bradley won Freshman of the Year instead of Kansas' Xavier Henry. Truth be told, that's how I'd vote, too (as my All-America teams show). But I wasn't sure if the league's coaches would see things similarly. So I found that interesting.

Anyway, that's the first thing I noticed.

But the next thing I noticed was insane: Cole Aldrich and Willie Warren were not consensus All-Big 12.

Is it as silly as the Tim Tebow snub by Steve Spurrier?

Probably not.

But I'd love to hear somebody explain how Aldrich and Warren -- both of whom are CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans -- don't belong on the All-Big 12 team, because there is at least one coach who voted that way. Meantime, Sherron Collins and Craig Brackins were unanimous selections, and I'm OK with that. But not voting for Aldrich and Warren is inexplicable, I think.

Here's how the All-Big 12 team should look:
  • G: Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • G: Avery Bradley (Texas)
  • G: Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  • F: Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  • F: Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:12 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2008 11:13 pm
 

Bradley commits to Texas


Another consensus Top 25 prospect was taken off the board Wednesday when Avery Bradley committed to Texas.

According to Scout.com, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard chose the Longhorns over UCLA. He was ranked as the 10th-best recruit in the Class of 2009 after dominating the summer circuit, particularly at the Nike Global Challenge where he shared MVP honors with AAU teammate Abdul Gaddy.

Earlier Wednesday, Tyler Honeycutt (ranked 21st in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) committed to UCLA. That means 16 of the top 30 prospects at Scout.com have now pledged their allegiance to a specific school, though four of the top five in the class -- Derrick Favors, John Wall, Xavier Henry and Renardo Sidney -- remain uncommitted as the November signing period approaches.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 14, 2008 6:11 pm
 

Henry, Orton highlight Nike team headed to Brazil

Nine high school basketball players left the United States today for Brazil, where they will compete against some of the top teams from South America on a Nike-sponsored trip. The Americans will visit three cities and play four games before returning next Saturday.

Here's a list of the participants:

(College situation is in parenthesis)

  • Avery Bradley (uncommitted)
  • Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (committed to Connecticut)
  • Keith Gallon (uncommitted)
  • Xavier Henry (uncommitted)
  • Milton Jennings (committed to Clemson)
  • Tommy Mason-Griffin (committed to Oklahoma)
  • Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)
  • Daniel Orton (uncommitted)
  • Phil Pressey (uncommitted)

Two of those players -- Jennings and Pressey -- were subjects of columns at CBSSports.com this week.

You can read those here and here.

Pressey is the only Class of 2010 prospect competing.

Everybody else is from the Class of 2009.

Also worth noting is that the group will be joined on the trip by Brazilian Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Posted on: August 11, 2008 2:21 am
 

Bradley/Gaddy win gold at Nike Global Challenge

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Nike Global Challenge is over.

The winner: A team from the United States.

The reasons: Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy.

The Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) teammates were impressive again Sunday night, leading their team to a 117-104 victory over another team from the United States in the title game of this three-day event. Bradley had 25 points, four rebounds and four assists while Gaddy finished with 12 points and seven assists. They earned co-MVP honors and offset a 29-point effort from DeMarcus Cousins, whose skills are as good as his attitude is bad.

That's the thing about Cousins, if you don't mind me saying.

He's so gifted and physically dominant it's hard to imagine him not succeeding in this sport, but he really could use an attitude adjustment. The 6-foot-10 forward from Alabama (committed to UAB) always looks angry and always seems upset about something, and I might not have even noticed if it wasn't for the fact that Cousins spent the weekend surrounded by some remarkably mature and pleasant teammates whose examples he'd be wise to follow.

Take Roger Franklin, for instance.

He's a 6-5 forward from Texas who -- you recruiting buffs will be glad to know -- has narrowed his list of potential colleges to Indiana, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona and Oklahoma State. I spent some time with Franklin late Sunday and walked away impressed with how he handled himself, how genuinely happy he seemed to be experiencing the things he's experiencing and how respectful he was to any fan or reporter who wanted to talk.

Will Franklin ever be a college All-American?

I don't know.

Is his ceiling as high as Cousins?

Absolutely not.

But if I was a college coach I'd love to have Roger Franklin on my team.

And I'd be just as leery of having DeMarcus Cousins unless that tough-guy persona disappears soon.

 
 
 
 
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