Texas frosh trio might not return intact

March, 12, 2010
3/12/10
4:04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Avery Bradley has clearly had the best season of the three heralded Texas freshman guards this season.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Bradley started 31 of 33 games. He averaged 11.7 points, shot 43.9 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Coach Rick Barnes has praised his defense. J'Covan Brown is having trouble getting off the bench these days and Jordan Hamilton is a one-dimensional perimeter shooter who runs hot and cold.

Bradley, out of Tacoma, Wash., is projected as a possible late lottery pick in the June NBA Draft. It's difficult to understand the infatuation of a freshman player lacking great size with decent numbers on a team that fractured. Yet, DraftExpress.com, a professional scouting service, continues to spot Bradley as the 21st selection of 30 first-round picks. At ESPN.com, Bradley is rated as the third-best shooting guard in the draft, the 15th-best player overall and is classified as a late lottery to mid-first round pick.

Rule of thumb for draft prospects is if you're a lock to go the first round then grab the guaranteed money. That's even more on the money -- so to speak -- this year with an impending lockout looming the following season and the real possibility of those rookie contracts dropping in value when the NBA re-opens for business.

Those factors could make it tough for Bradley to stay. I don't really get it, but it will be interesting.

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