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Five-star IMG Academy guard Jaden Bradley commits to Alabama
By ADAM ZAGORIAJaden Bradley, the 6-foot-2, 178-pound point guard from IMG (FL) Academy, is headed to Alabama, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.
Bradley chose the Crimson Tide over Arizona, Florida State, Gonzaga and Kentucky.
“I’m Jaden Bradley and I’ll be committing to the University of Alabama. Roll Tide,” he said in a video posted to social media.
Ranked the No. 3 point guard in the Class of 2022 by the 247Sports Composite, he is Alabama’s first commit in 2022.
Bradley also held offers from North Carolina, Auburn, DePaul, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, Wake Forest and Xavier, among others.
“First and foremost, he’s a great young man,” IMG Academy coach Sean McAloon said. “He loves to make others around him better. In my opinion, he’s the only true point guard in the country. Makes the right pass, scores when needed, and has the willingness to do what it takes to have his team win. Flat out, he’s a winner. Doesn’t care about stats, just cares about winning!”
Bradley said he was looking for a “family-based” program.
“I’m looking to have a good relationship with the coach, somewhere that I fit the program, where I feel comfortable and that helps me get to the next level,” he said.
He added: “I’m definitely a team-player. I like to get my teammates involved. I like pushing it downhill. I can score and do a little bit of everything.”
Alabama also remains in the mix for five-star wing Brandon Miller and five-star power forward Jarace Walker, who attends IMG with Bradley.
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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.
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