September 29, 2008
Five-star commit raves about trip to Austin
The Texas men's basketball program secured a big time commitment on September 17th with the announcement by five-star guard Avery Bradley that he intends to play his college ball for head coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns. The 6-2.5, 170-pound guard took in the city of Austin and everything the university has to offer, this time on his official visit. To say that the official visit was a success may be an understatement according to Bradley.
Bradley, the No.8 prospect in the 2009 class according to Rivals.com, had been on campus for an unofficial visit in June, but came away even more impressed the second time around.
"The visit was fun," Bradley said. "I had a lot of fun. It was just nice. I got to hang out with the players more and form a bond with them. Most important, I got to form even more of a bond with the coaching staff. I love those guys,"
His mother accompanied the long-armed, bouncy defender and slasher on the trip to Austin. Bradley said she had a great visit.
"Man, she loved it. She absolutely loved it. When she got home, she sent me a text telling me how much she loved Texas. That meant a lot to me that she loves Texas as much as I do," Bradley said.
One of the highlights was taking in part of the Texas 52-10 win over Arkansas game Saturday afternoon.
"I went to the football game for the first half. It was great to be there. Man, I loved it. Everything we did on the visit was great and I'm excited," Bradley said.
As important as anything on the trip was the one on one time spent with head coach Rick Barnes, whom Bradley says makes him feel relaxed,
"I got to spend time with Coach Barnes at dinner on Saturday and other times during the visit. I got to spend a lot of time with him. Our bond is real. Were closer now than ever before. I can't wait to get to Texas and start playing." Bradley said.
Next up for Bradley will be preparing for his senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. The addition of the five-star guard will make Findlay Prep one of the more talented high school teams in the country. Bradley will team with 6-3 guard D.J. Richardson (Illinois commit), 6-10 forward Carlos Lopez (UNLV commit), 6-6 forward Clarence Trent (Washington commit) and a host of talented underclassmen to form a formidable opponent for any high school team.
The Longhorns' 2009 recruiting class is off and running with commitments from two of the top prospects in the country. Duncanville wing Shawn Williams took his official visit to Texas last weekend and had a great time. With the commitments of Bradley and Williams, the Longhorns are currently ranked as the eight best recruiting class in the country.
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