Bradshaw picks up SIUE offer
After a strong adidas Gauntlet debut, Class of 2017 wing DeAndre “Pedro” Bradshaw picked up an SIUE offer today.
The lanky forward is really coming into his own late in his high school career.
“Any time we need a score he is going to hit that shot,” said Russellville Head Coach Ryan Davenport. “Any time we set up a play for him he is going to come through for us.”
The skills were always strong, but at 6-foot-7 Pedro Bradshaw just began to adapt to his imposing length. He handles well and replicates his wonderful shooting release time after time.
“He will do whatever you ask him to do,” said Coach Davenport. “He has a great mid-range game. If the game is on the line he is the guy we go to.”
As the rebuild their program SIUE is going to have to reach on a few kids, but this doesn’t feel like a reach. Bradshaw is thin, but demonstrates exceptional shooting touch. Any recruiters that assume he is soft by his frame are making a mistake.
Bradshaw actually led the state of Kentucky in rebounding for most of the year. He finished with just over 12 rpg.
Of course he could tack on more muscle. In an effort to broaden his game, Bradshaw is working this offseason with one of the fo0tball coaches from Russellville High School. After playing at University of Kentucky the coach is well-versed in amassing positive weight for athletes.
“I think with more strength he could completely dominate the game,” said Coach Davenport. “He could just go in and take it to the basket. He can get to the basket now, but he doesn’t just go in and dunk (all over people).”
He can score over shorter guards, but also handle on the perimeter. The mid-range is his area of expertise.
As with all taller wings, Bradshaw will be measured by his perimeter defense. Of course, quick guards will challenge him off the bounce. Can he deter their penetration? That will determine his ceiling.
Bradshaw and his Hoop Dreams AAU team finished 1-3 in Dallas last weekend. They clipped the Atlanta Celtics, but dropped blowouts to Team Bradley NW Panthers and Billups Elite. Individually, Bradshaw played pretty well. His strongest contributions came from the free throw line (71.4%) and on the glass, where he hauled down 7.3 rpg. Check his stats.
If you are interested in highlights on the lanky point forward, Coach Davenport posted a 2015-2016 montage.