Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Avery Bradley to stick in NBA draft
By Eamonn Brennan
Longhorns fans hoping 2009 uber-recruit Avery Bradley would stick around for his sophomore year will be disappointed with today's news. Bradley, who had been testing the NBA waters without an agent, is apparently set to sign with Dan Fegen, making him ineligible to return to college basketball in 2010-11.
So it was probably fair to hope Bradley would want to come back for his sophomore year and make up for a quiet freshman season. Not so much. NBA scouts rarely seems to care how well players' teams do in their one-and-done seasons so long as those players are obviously talented, and Bradley is that. According to Chad Ford, NBA general managers currently see Bradley as a possible late lottery pick. That was enough.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, Barnes has another slew of talented players arriving in 2010 -- most notably No. 4-ranked point guard Cory Joseph -- as well as a group of high-potential holdovers from last season's class like J'Covan Brown and Jordan Hamilton. Bradley could have been a star in his sophomore year, and Texas fans would have loved to have him around, but the defection should hardly cramp Bevo's style. Now all Barnes has to do is get those guards to do something they couldn't quite handle in 2010 -- play coherent basketball. Simple, right?