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NBA Draft 2017: Tony Bradley drafted 28th overall by the Utah Jazz

Bradley’s risk pays off.

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Former freshman Tar Heels center Tony Bradley has been drafted 28th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. After just one season at Chapel Hill, Bradley decided to remain in the draft and see how he can fare as a professional. In many mock drafts, he was expected to go in the 40s, however, he was seen as high as 32 as well.

As a freshman during the 2016-2017 season, Bradley came off the bench as a big behind Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. His first year seemed like a good start to build on after averaging 14.6 MPG with 7.1 PPG and 5.1 RPG. He was expected to receive more playing time following the graduation of Meeks, but things did not work out that way.

There is some belief that Bradley decided to leave UNC for the NBA because he was unhappy with the way Roy Williams was using him. Not just in limited time off the bench, but in regards to his actual role on the court. He believes he can be a stretch 4 and has the ability to hit threes, however, he’s yet to show that ability in-game.

Despite going pro at such a young age without the playing time most one-and-dones usually have, Bradley has an opportunity develop his abilities and improve while getting paid by the Jazz organization. Things seem to have worked out for him now, but it will probably be some time before we know with certainty if staying in this draft was the best decision for him.