Monday, January 24, 2011
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.