For the first time in 10 years, North Carolina could have a one-and-done.
Tony Bradley — a 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward with a 7-foot-4 wingspan — declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Sunday after averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in his lone season in Chapel Hill, joining juniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson as the three Tar Heels to test the waters ahead of the NBA Draft Combine. He could still return to UNC by May 24 unless he signs an agent.
As a five-star prospect from Bartow, Fla., Bradley played just 14.6 minutes per game behind senior forwards Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. But with a fringe first-round grade, he could potentially make the early jump to the pros — becoming the first Tar Heel since Brandan Wright (No. 8 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft) to declare for the draft after one season.
Bradley was noncommittal about his future in the immediate aftermath of the national title win, a game in which he grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes but misfired on several scoring opportunities. It was a performance emblematic of his NBA scouting report: uncertain but budding with potential.
With a wide frame, impressive mobility and a developing scoring arsenal, Bradley was a key reserve for North Carolina's elite frontcourt this past season. He boasted the highest offensive rating on the team, per kenpom.com, and he was the only Tar Heel to grab more offensive rebounds (98) and defensive (97). In fact, his offensive rebounding percentage (18.2) would have qualified for best in the nation had he played more minutes.