Walk into any gym and point to a spot on the floor in a half court setting and Brad Redford has probably hit a shot from there. The 6-foot, 160-pound guard from Frankenmuth (Mich.) High School is one of the top shooters in the class of 2008 and his recruitment reflects that.
As a 19 point per game scorer last year, Redford knows he will be the go-to guy for a team that lost nearly 40 points in the starting rotation this season.
He has fine tuned his craft this off-season making 500 to 800 shots a day, he says, and knows his perimeter game will be even stronger this season.
"NBA range is no problem. I've had to change my form some from last year so I can set myself a little better and that has really helped. It has taken a lot of work but I'm pretty confident in my shot now."
Redford shined on the AAU circuit with the 16 and under Michigan Mustangs, showing an uncanny ability to score from deep but also run the point. Redford said he is trying to find ways to stand out in his class.
"I know one of the things that hurts me is my size," Redford said. "So I've had to rely on my shot and that sets me apart from other guys."
With teams in constant search for shooters, Redford has been a hot target for several schools. He said he is sporting offers from Xavier, Valparaiso, Western Michigan and Stanford.
Coaches from Dayton, Xavier, Michigan State, Valpo and Western Michigan came by to see him in action last week and the five schools are the hottest on his trail.
"Those are pretty much the heavy hitters," Redford said.
"Right now I'm just open and listening to everybody. I'm not in a rush to narrow my list down and there really isn't a timetable. I want to really make a good, thought out decision."
Penn State, Stanford and Miami-FL are also charting him. Redford has been a busy man on the visit trail. He has been to Michigan State twice and went to the season opener at Michigan. Most recently, he was one of the several recruits at the Michigan State-Notre Dame game on Saturday night.
"We left in the third quarter. The weather was just too bad," Redford said. "We couldn't believe how it ended. We listened to it on the radio on the way home. It was crazy."
Redford will bypass another college football weekend to play in the Gym Rats Midnight Madness event in Atlantic City, N.J. He attended the star-studded event last season.