Tony Bradley
Center (Rank: #21) | 6-11, 250
North Carolina
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Draft Projection: Mid-First Round Pick

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Summary: May 23 update: Bradley faces the same challenges as Patton.

He's huge and he has a terrific wingspan. He's also a great rebounder and efficient in the paint. But teams worry about his foot speed.

May 8 update: Bradley is the highest-ranked player on our board who is still testing the draft waters. He hasn't hired an agent yet and is keeping open the option of returning to North Carolina for his sophomore season.

He also is the highest-ranked player who is committed to participating in every event at the combine, including the 5-on-5. If he plays well there, he's probably staying in the draft.

He came off the bench for the Tar Heels this season, but a number of scouts believe he has lottery-type talent. If he returns to UNC, he'll start out as a top-10 draft prospect for 2018.

April 12 update: Bradley is also testing the draft waters and, like Anigbogu and Adebayo, will have a tough decision to make. He averaged just 15 MPG off the bench for North Carolina but was very productive in that limited role, especially as a rebounder.

If he returns to school, he'll have the starting center position all to himself and could go 10 spots higher next year. But as Cal's Ivan Rabb shows, there's an inherit risk in coming back to school.

April 5 update: Bradley has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Bradley's role at North Carolina was pretty limited this season, but what he did in small spurts for the Tar Heels was impressive, especially on the offensive glass. He has length and size, and he's pretty agile for a big man. He lacks a face-up game and isn't especially explosive, but scouts feel as if he has solid upside and should be drafted in the Nos. 20-30 range if he decides to stay in the draft.

April 4 update: Bradley played a small role for the Tar Heels, but his length, rebounding and advanced stats all point to a talent that just needs time.

The Lakers have been happy with their 2016 second-round pick, Ivica Zubac, and bringing in another young big would give them some nice depth.

March 27 update: Bradley doesn't get a lot of minutes (just 14 total this weekend), but he makes the most of those minutes as a defensive presence and a low-post scoring option.

The Tar Heels don't need a big impact from him thanks to the play of Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, but when he's on the floor, he makes an impact and scouts have taken notice. He's a likely first-round pick if he declares.

March 23 update: Bradley continues to play limited minutes for the Tar Heels, but he has been super-efficient and productive whenever he steps on the court. No one expects him to dramatically boost his stock in the tournament, though a number of scouts believe he's one of the most underrated players in the draft.

March 20 update: Bradley plays limited minutes, but when he's in the game he makes things happen. He played only 12 minutes versus Arkansas but still managed seven points and seven boards, and 12 points and six boards in 19 minutes versus Texas Southern. He might not declare for the draft, but if he does, most of the scouts I spoke with see him in the Nos. 18-25 range.

March 14 update: Bradley is coming off the bench for the Tar Heels and plays an even more limited role than Zach Collins. He rarely puts up big numbers, but he's consistently efficient in the post, rebounds well and plays solid defense.

He needs to continue to add strength and experience, but a number of NBA scouts think he'd be ranked much higher if he were given a bigger role on the Tar Heels.

March 6 update: Bradley's lack of minutes hides a really strong freshman season coming off the bench for the Tar Heels.

Like several of the other freshmen at the bottom of this list, he's not ready for the NBA. His upside could sneak him into the first round.

Feb. 1 update: Bradley plays a limited role off the bench at Carolina, but his length, rebounding ability and overall feel for the game make him a very solid big man prospect for down the road.

He's another draft-and-stash (in the D-League) prospect.

Dec. 22 update: Bradley is quietly putting together a very solid freshman season, and some scouts now have him ahead of Allen, Bolden and Yurtseven on their draft boards. He's not much of a shot-blocker or scorer, but he has a very positive impact on the Tar Heels whenever he's on the floor.

This isn't an elite draft for traditional centers, and Bradley will benefit from it.

Dec. 1 update: Bradley was always considered one of the elite big men in this freshman class. But concerns about his conditioning, the lack of a reliable elite skill and his playing time on a team with several seniors on the front line all had scouts thinking it would be at least another year before he showed up on draft boards.

Bradley has been fantastic coming off the bench for the Tar Heels. In 17.6 MPG, he's averaging 10.7 PPG and 6.3 RPG while shooting 68 percent. His huge wingspan and mobility make him a legitimate defensive presence right now.

While scouts would like to see his shot-blocking numbers improve (he has blocked only two shots all season), in a draft that's relatively light with potential NBA big men, Bradley has moved from No. 45 to No. 18 and will continue to rise if his strong play continues in the ACC.

"This draft is loaded with point guards and wings," one NBA scout said. "But the bigs overall are pretty weak. I think he's right in the mix with Jarrett Allen and Marques Bolden for the first center off the board. His length and rebounding should translate. And he looks like he's in the best shape I've ever seen him."

Nov 12 Update: Bradley has moved up our Top 100 quickly the past few weeks as NBA scouts who've seen him at practices and scrimmages say he's in for a bigger year than they originally thought. He's playing behind Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks at UNC, but he has done enough in practice to earn playing time. With his length and mobility, he's an interesting long-term prospect for NBA teams.

 

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