Monday, January 24, 2011

Long time

Former Fayetteville High and Kansas player Nick Bradford helps FHS players during a shooting drill during practice at Fayetteville High. Bradford is back in Fayetteville awaiting a new contract after stints playing basketball professionally overseas in Romania, Iceland, France and Finland.

Nick was a freshman in high school when I arrived in Fayetteville and in 1996 was selected to play at the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis. Dudley Dawson and I traveled to see him play for college coaches during the summer of his senior season. He went on to earn Parade All-America and Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year honors before leaving Fayetteville to play for Roy Williams at Kansas.

Bradford is still one of my favorite athletes whom I have covered while at the Times. He's always bright and cheerful and has really great stories of his time in Europe. It was really good to see him again.


Anthony said...

You had me at Kansas. :)

Andy Shupe said...

Thought you might like that.