Five Star Security Guard Jaden Bradley pledges to Alabama

For the second straight year, Alabama men’s basketball has earned the engagement of one of the country’s top-rated talent.

Point guard Jaden Bradley, rated five stars on the composite rankings by 247 Sports, announced his commitment to the Tide on Thursday night.

Bradley chose Alabama over other finalists from Arizona, Florida State, Gonzaga, and Kentucky. His college choice was viewed as a failure by major recruiting websites until his engagement was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Bradley is listed at 6-foot-3 and is the first engagement for the 2022 class in Alabama. He is rated as the third best point guard and No. 18 overall by 247 Sports.

Bradley is originally from Rochester, New York but started high school at Cannon School in Charlotte before moving to IMG Academy in 2020.

Bradley will be paying an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend along with IMG teammate Jarace Walker, a five-star striker rated No. 13 overall in the 2022 class, 247 Sports reported Thursday.

Bradley’s engagement comes after Nate Oats put together a recruiting class last year that is ranked 14th nationwide by 247 Sports and led by five-star security guard JD Davison and four-star center Charles Bediako.

By the time Bradley could get to campus next summer, Alabama’s back room could potentially be replenished. ESPN lists Davison as number 11 on the overall perspective for the 2022 NBA draft, with fellow watchmen Jahvon Quinerly (# 60) and Keon Ellis (# 83) also making the top 100.

Alabama begins its 2021-22 season against Louisiana Tech at the Coleman Coliseum on November 9. The early signing day for basketball recruits is November 10th.

Mike Rodak is a Beat reporter based in Alabama for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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