Top-ranked 2022 playmaker Jaden Bradley signed to Alabama on Thursday, giving coach Nate Oats a five-star commitment for the second year in a row.
Bradley chose the Crimson Tide over Arizona, Florida State and Gonzaga.
“Coach Oats is a guy you can relate to and has put a lot of effort into helping his players take it to the next level,” Bradley told ESPN. “He’s a fun guy to be around, but when training starts he has that change to change direction. They have a great staff. All of the coaches took the time to get to know me and my family It was important It’s a family culture there It will be like another home for me.
Alabama have been considered Bradley’s favorite for most of the past two months, and on his trip to Tuscaloosa he met Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
“He was a funny guy. He loves Coach Oats and says Alabama has a culture of winning in all sports,” Bradley said. “It’s not just a football school. He also shared his meeting with Kobe Bryant and how they chose each other. He was humble in all of his successes and took time before his training to be with us. “
The Crimson Tide has been one of the most entertaining offenses since Oats arrived in 2019. They’ve played one of the fastest beats in the country for the past two seasons and placed in the top 20. at the national level both seasons with an attempt rate of 3 points.
“They play a fast counterattacking style and there are a lot of guards,” Bradley said. “They play several pick-and-roll games and five when they have big men who can pull. I like the way they keep the ground open. The plan is to go in right away and shoot them. help win. “
A 6-foot-2 point guard who plays at IMG Academy (Florida), Bradley is the No. 1 leader in the 2022 class and is No. 8 overall in the ESPN 100. He was very productive on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, averaging 17.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 11 games with the CP3 All-Stars.
As a leader with the ball in his hands, he’s a top decision maker. Bradley excels at moving the ball forward in transition, showing impressive vision and a keen sense of passing. Starting with the defensive rebound, he will push the ball at every opportunity with direct straight line speed and use the assist when his teammates are running. His mid-level pullover is crisp and crisp and he knocks it over with regularity. Bradley comes into the paint consistently and can finish on his own or give a teammate a lob or drop pass for an easy basket. Two areas of improvement for Bradley are his 3-point shot and his float.
Bradley is the first engagement for the Oats in 2022. For the second year in a row, Alabama has a five-star prospect, following JD Davison’s decision in the 2021 class. However, the Crimson Tide are far from over. They’re heavily in the mix for five-star forwards Brandon Miller and Jarace Walker, and they also recently welcomed ESPN 100 forward Noah Clowney.