The world as a whole may be in one giant stand still right now, and while we may not know what tomorrow holds, Roy Williams is using the quiet to continue to look at the future of the North Carolina basketball program. Yesterday, you read about the seventh offer handed out to the class of 2021, and now word has come out that Roy is already thinking about the 2022 class.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of North Carolina! pic.twitter.com/U1SHCD3HGd
— Jaden Bradley (@JBsmoovve) March 24, 2020
Bradley is a 6’3” point guard out of Cannon School in Concord, and he’s already a title winner as he lead Cannon to the NCISAA 4A state championship last month. His skill saw him named as the the North Carolina Sophomore of the Year by MaxPreps just last week. and while he still has two years left, the Tar Heels join a long list of teams offering Bradley a chance to play for their school. 247Sports lists five schools officially giving him an offer, not counting the offer from Kansas that Bradley posted on Twitter.
Bradley is going to be a big target, as he already comes with five stars and all the scouting services agree he’s going to be one of the top members of 2022:
Rivals: Point Guard, 5 Stars, #8 Nationally
ESPN: Point Guard, 5 Stars, #6 Nationally, #1 Position, #1 State (ESPN25)
247 Sports (Organic): Point Guard, 5 Stars #12 Nationally, #3 Position, #1 State
247 Sports (Composite): Point Guard, 5 Stars, #8 Nationally, #2 Position, #1 State
The point guard has been on Williams’ radar for a while, as Inside Carolina’s Sherrell McMillan notes. Bradley has spent time with the US National time between seasons, and the staff has been keeping an eye on him during that time. He’s already taken an official visit, as he was present for the UNC-Duke game in Chapel Hill last month. Even with everything going on Williams made sure to take time to speak to Bradley after that game.
The point guard led his team with 27 points in the state title game mentioned earlier, so he only figures to get better with two more years to compete. As a freshman he averaged 23 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists, and then followed that up this year with another 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. He looks to be exactly the type of point guard that Roy wants, a scoring force who follows his shots and distributes the ball.
Bradley is the second player in the 2022 class to get an offer, joining wing player Caleb Houstan from Florida. Like much of the sports world, the COVID-19 outbreak has a lot of summer events on hold to allow Bradley to further develop, which may keep Williams from being able to visit the guard the next few months. However, one thing is for certain: the competition for Bradley will be hot, and Williams wants to try and keep this North Carolina player from leaving home.