Pat Bradley goes from Everett High to the University of Arkansas Hall of Fame
New magista pat Bradley has never been afraid to bet on himself.
The 6 foot 2 guard from Everett took the long odds back in 1995 new magista when he went against the advice of many and accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the University of Arkansas. He smiled when those so called experts kept telling him he wasn athletic enough to run with the Razorbacks, a team which described their style as Minutes of Hell Not only did Bradley prove he belonged, he thrived under the coaching style of Nolan Richardson. Bradley went on to become the school fifth all time leading scorer (1,765) as well as the SEC all time leader in 3 point field goals (366) by the time he ended his career in 1999.
The final payoff comes tonight when Bradley joins 2013 British Open golf championship Stacy Lewis and eight others as they get inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame at halftime of indoor soccer cleats the Arkansas Nicholls State football game.
been pretty unbelievable, said Bradley, now a sports talk show host in Little Rock. was a lot of people who didn think I could do it and I understand they were watching out for me. But I have always set my expectations high and that why I thought I could play there. A highly touted youth player in Everett, Bradley amassed 1,246 points in his first three years as a member of the Crimson Tide. He earned All Scholastic honors as a junior in leading Everett to the Div. 1 North sectional.
His life would change between the summers of his junior and senior year of high school. A self described hoop junkie, Bradley spent most of his time playing for the BABC as well as the New Bedford Buddies. It was during his stint with the BABC that he ran up against some of the best guards in the country, all of them wearing the BABC colors.
got the chance to play with some great guards like Scoonie (Penn), Eggie (McRae), Chris Herren, Monty (Mack), Wayne Turner and a bunch new magista of others, Bradley said. able to play with them gave me the confidence indoor soccer cleats a golden age for guards around here, Papile said. the two things Pat always had was shot making and toughness. He was a lot like Kyle Korver in that he could make shots and he had a toughness to him. He had the combination of brains and balls and that what (then assistant) Mike Anderson saw as well. It was during a tournament in Winston Salem as a member of the Buddies where Bradley received the call that would change the course of his life. After a big game, Bradley retreated to his hotel where he was contacted by Richardson, who wanted Bradley to play for his team.
that time, the only schools who were really interested in me were BU, Northeastern and St. Bonaventure, Bradley said. get the call from Nolan ans he said he liked my game and was going to give me the opportunity to succeed on the court. That all I really wanted was an opportunity to prove myself. Shortly after signing his letter of intent on Nov. 10, 1994, Bradley suffered a preseason knee injury and missed the first 14 games of his senior indoor soccer cleats year. Bradley returned in time to lead Everett to the Div. 1 North semifinals in 1995 where he scored 42 points in his final game, a controversial 77 74 loss to Cambridge.
remember we were setting up for the final shot and they said a pass hit the line and called it out of bounds, DiBiaso said. remember someone tried to break into the referee room at Reading High School. I don think they wanted us back after that. Bradley went new magista on to Arkansas where he started in 108 of 132 games. He averaged in double figures in all four seasons, leaving with a 13.4 ppg. He knocked down a 3 pointer in 60 straight games and finished his career by making 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (366 of 915).
He played in Denmark and France before finishing up with the Arkansas Rimrockers of the NBA Development League. It was during the tail end of his playing career that he was approached about doing a talk show in Little Rock.
had gone back to school and got my degree in communications, Bradley said. figured why not give it a shot. It a lot of fun, we mostly talk college sports, either Arkansas football or basketball. While Bradley is gone from the local scene. DiBiaso is quick to point the person he dubs as the Felger of Arkansas sports talk hasn forgotten his roots new magista.