The Seattle-Tacoma area continues to produce high level basketball prospects and Avery Bradley will be the most recruited player in the class of 2009 from the Pacific Northwest.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington is ready for the challenges ahead of him over the next couple of months.
Bradley helped his Bellarmine team advance to the state quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champions. Because of his contributions, Bradley was just named as a first team all-state performer in Washington.
Now he is hoping to trade in the personal accolades for tournament wins with his Northwest Panthers AAU team.
"We've had some really good players roll the carpet out for us in the past and now it is up to us to just follow the path that they have cleared for us," Bradley said. "I know we are as good as the players in the South, the kind that are just big and can jump high and are athletic. Or we are just as good as the players from the Northeast, the kind that kind handle and shoot. I know we are just as good.
"I'm just going to go all out this summer."
And just like that, the four-star guard is ready to get things going. There should be a long line of coaches following him around the country, too. Bradley said he won't pay too much attention to the guys on the sidelines with logos emblazoned on their fancy polo shirts.
"To be honest with you, I don't really look to the sidelines. I just want to go out and play," Bradley said. "It could be Portland or Portland State or Washington or Washington State. I'm going to play hard no matter who comes out to see me."
Bradley said he hears from every Pac-10 school but UCLA "probably every other day from some school," he says. "Most of the schools are that are recruiting me hard are the local schools or the Pac-10 schools."
Gonzaga and Pepperdine have also offered. So has Kansas, Kansas State and Virginia. Bradley said he has heard the most from a team on the other side of the country.
"The school that is probably the furthest away that recruits me as hard as any of them is Kentucky," Bradley said. "I get more stuff from Kentucky than I do [Washington]."
The Huskies have stood out to Bradley, especially head coach Lorenzo Romar.
"[He] seems like a really good guy to me. That's the only coach that I have really had to talk to yet," Bradley said.
Still reluctant to name a leader or even a core of favorites, Bradley said he will know where he wants to go when the moment is right.
"I'll go wherever fits me, wherever is best for me," Bradley said.