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Charlie Bradley (basketball)

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Charlie Bradley
Personal information
Born (1963-10-12) October 12, 1963 (age 57)
Tampa, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolRobinson (Tampa, Florida)
CollegeSouth Florida (1981–1985)
NBA draft1985 / Round: 3 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1985–1994
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1985–1987Granollers
1990–1991Tulsa Fast Breakers
1991Marinos
Career highlights and awards

Charles Maurice Bradley (born October 12, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player who played professionally in several countries, including Spain's Liga ACB. He was a standout college player for the University of South Florida (USF), where he was the 1983 Sun Belt Conference co-Player of the Year and left as the school's all-time leading scorer and is considered the best player in school history.[1]

College career

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Bradley starred at Thomas Richard Robinson High School before choosing hometown South Florida over several higher-profile suitors, including Florida, his other finalist.[2][3] He joined the starting lineup midway through his freshman season, and as a sophomore became one of the top scorers in the country. Over the 1982–83 season, Bradley averaged 26.7 points per game to lead the Sun Belt Conference and rank fourth in the nation. He led the nation for 11 weeks his sophomore year. At the close of the year, he was named the Sun Belt co-Player of the Year (with Calvin Duncan of VCU) as well as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press (AP).[4][5]

Bradley's scoring numbers dipped in his junior and senior seasons, though he still averaged 22.3 and 21.7 per game respectively. He was named first-team All-Sun Belt both years and repeated as an AP honorable mention All-American as a senior. Bradley left USF holding most of the school's scoring records, including the career points mark (2,319). He became the first player in USF history to have his jersey retired on February 14, 1987[6] and was an inaugural member of the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He was named to the Sun Belt All-Decade team in 1986.[1]

Professional career

Following the close of his college career, Bradley was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the third round (51st pick overall) of the 1985 NBA draft,[7] but did not play in the National Basketball Association. He played internationally in Argentina, Spain and Venezuela before retiring from basketball in 1994.[8] Bradley played the 1990–91 season for the Tulsa Fast Breakers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), averaging 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds over 40 games.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Charlie Bradley USF Hall of Fame profile". South Florida Bulls. Retrieved June 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Charlie Bradley, superstar, will be out of place in stands". The Tampa Times. March 14, 1981. p. 25. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  3. ^ "Bradley chooses own back yard – USF". The Tampa Times. April 8, 1981. p. 11. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  4. ^ "Bradley shares Sun Belt MVP award". The Tampa Tribune. March 4, 1983. p. 25. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  5. ^ "AP All-America team: Sampson's the charm". Orlando Sentinel. March 16, 1983. p. 229. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  6. ^ "For many accomplishments at South Florida, Bradley has uniform number retired". Tampa Bay Times. February 15, 1987. p. 234. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  7. ^ "First 2 rounds of draft reinforce Florida's low draft status". The Tampa Tribune. June 19, 1985. p. 229. Retrieved June 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  8. ^ Camunas, Mike (February 13, 2007). "A dream deferred". The Oracle. Retrieved June 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "1991–92 Continental Basketball Association Official Guide, page 248". Continental Basketball Association. Fall 1991. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
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