Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
North Carolina’s Tony Bradley Impressing in NBA Workouts
Tony Bradley is North Carolina’s first one-and-done player in a decade.
And Bradley continues to impress during NBA workouts, proving that his decision to leave after one season was a good one.
After working out for the Knicks, Lakers, Spurs, Bucks and Thunder, among others, Bradley worked out Sunday for the Utah Jazz along with T.J. Leaf, Thomas Bryant, P.J. Dozier and Wesley Iwundu.
“It went well,” Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrintold reporters. “I thought him and Thomas really competed against each other. Tony showed some things that we hadn’t seen at North Carolina. He put the ball on the floor, creates stuff and steps out and really knocked down some 18-foot jumps shots. It was a good workout. There are some things at 19 that he’ll get a lot better at but he could have a long career in the NBA.”
The 6-foot-10 Bradley –who averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season for the NCAA champion Tar Heels — is currently projected to go at No. 32 to the Phoenix Suns by DraftExpress.com. The Jazz pick at 24 and 30, as well as at 42 at 55 in the second round.
“I tell you what, Tony Bradley has certainly moved up,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “I’ve always been a fan of his, I saw him in person in December. I don’t do mock drafts but I had him pegged as a first-round back in December and I smile now as all mock draft guys are starting to move him not only into the first round but you’ll see Tony Bradley go before 20.
“He’s got size, he’s got feel for the game, he’s got great lower body strength. He’s young….so you can throw Tony Bradley in the mix with all of those young big guys, like [Bam] Adebayo, like [Zach] Collins, like Jarrett Allen that are all going to go in the teens, although Zach Collins I think will be an early lottery pick.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.