The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Tony Bradley
School: Bartow (Fla.)
Position: Power forward
Weight: 250 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 22.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while shooting 64.8 percent from inside the arc this past season, leading the Yellow Jackets (19-10) to the Class 7A regional final. A 2016 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game selection, Bradley was named Florida’s statewide 2016 Mr. Basketball.
Academic excellence: Bradley has maintained a 3.61.
Exemplary character: An accomplished percussionist and a member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach.
“I would emphatically say that Tony Bradley embodies the qualifications you would look for in a student-athlete,” said Michael Soliven, head coach at Melbourne High. “He is talented, intelligent, classy and articulate. He is arguably the best all-around student-athlete I have had the pleasure of coaching against.”
THE FUTURE: Bradley has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.