Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'11" / 249 lbs
School/Club: North Carolina
Status: Freshman
Birthday: January 8, 1998

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Utah Jazz

About Tony Bradley

Bradley pondered his Draft decision until the final day, finally opting to stay in and take his chances on whether he’ll become a first-round pick. But even if he doesn’t, Bradley figures to find his way onto an NBA roster. His length and aggressiveness on the offensive glass are Bradley’s calling cards, but he’s schooled in the fundamentals and loves to compete. The package is nowhere near complete, because he’ll have to develop some scoring moves in the post and continue to refine his face-up jumper, but Bradley has some tools the NBA can put to good use.


  • Length (7-5 wingspan)
  • Active offensive rebounder
  • Rim protector
  • Solid lower-body base
  • Good low-post finisher
  • Tough
  • Good fundamentals


  • Has to keep developing his post game
  • Not an explosive athlete
  • Needs to become a better free-throw shooter

NBA projection: Bradley heard enough positive feedback from the NBA that he would have a chance to be chosen in the first round, so that was enough for him to decide to remain in the Draft and sign with an agent.

2016-17 Season
Playing on a team that was deep in the frontcourt, Bradley’s minutes were limited, but he nevertheless managed to make an impact. He scored in double figures 13 times, three times in Atlantic Coast Conference games, led the Tar Heels in rebounding five times and was their defensive player of the game five times. North Carolina prided itself on its offensive rebounding, and Bradley excelled in that area (see below). One of his double-figure scoring games came in the NCAA tournament (12 points in the first round against Texas Southern), as he helped the Heels on their run to the 2017 national championship.

Key statistics: 7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 14.6 mpg, .573 FG, .619 FT

Career Highlights: Playing a reserve role, helped North Carolina capture a national championship in 2017. Third on the team in both rebounding and blocked shots. Became the first Tar Heel to score in double-figures in his first six college games since Brandan Wright in 2006-07. Selected both as a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American as a high school senior.

Cool statistic: Bradley was the first North Carolina player since offensive rebounds began being recorded (1995-96) to grab at least 150 rebounds and have more offensive than defensive boards. Despite averaging just under 15 minutes a game, Bradley finished seventh in the ACC in offensive rebounding (2.6 per game).

Reminds me of: Clifford Rozier

What Insiders Say
North Carolina coach Roy Williams

“He’s just going to get better, and he wants to learn. He really does want to learn what’s going on. He’s absorbing so many things, because we are throwing about a thousand things at him. But he is really doing a nice job.”

What Outsiders Say
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes

“We had one thing on our scout report about Bradley. What he does is go get the ball, and he had a double-double [10 points, 10 boards] in twenty minutes.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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