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Posted On: 06/30/18 5:00 PM
Brentwood Academy has a playmaker in Randy Brady, and he could blossom into the top shooting guard in his class if he continues to improve on his offensive game.
Brady could be the Ray Allen of his class. He can score from different areas of the court. He’s a dangerous spot up shooter, can create his own shot, and isn’t afraid of contact. Standing at 6-foot-4, Brady uses his height to his advantage. When there’s a defender in his face that’s shoulder-to-shoulder with him, Brady uses his step back jumper to create space.
In transition, he’s a fan of the euro step, and quickly elevates off the floor in time before a defender has a chance to block his shot. When there’s a smaller defender in his face, chances are Brady will drive into the lane. One of Brady’s sweet spots is his mid-range game, but wants to improve on his 3-point shooting.
Brady didn’t make a single three in last week’s Jerry Peters Memphis Summer Classic, but is still a difficult matchup for defenders.
“First, I had to work on my 3-point shot. I feel like that opens up me attacking the basket, and my mid-range game a lot more,” Brady said. “So, I feel like that allows me to add more points to the board, because I can score from multiple areas, and don’t just depend on one thing.
“My go-to is my mid-range game.”
In the classic, there weren’t many shooting guards on the hardwood floor that could handle Brady’s offensive tenacity. His offensive power makes a defender’s job hard from the jump. He finished with a total of 82 points.
Brady averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in the classic, and is one of the best two-way players in his class, comparing himself to Kawhi Leonard.
“He’s a defensive player, not just an offensive player,” Brady said. “I like to play on both sides of the ball.”
Brady’s job at shooting guard comes easy with the help of junior point guard Marcus Fitzgerald, who can shoot from long range. Fitzgerald has lateral speed, and can shift gears at any time.
“I think he’s a great point guard,” Brady said about his teammate. “He can definitely put the ball in the bucket, but I think his passing is overlooked. He’s a great passer. He can see the floor very well. It’s like he has eyes in the back of his head.”
Brady just recently picked up an offer from Ole Miss, and has offers from Middle Tennessee State, LSU, and Florida State. Oklahoma State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Memphis and UCLA are some of the schools that are showing interest.
Brady wants to continue to stay level-headed, and focus on his craft, instead of worrying about which schools are recruiting him.
“I still have three more years of high school left, so I try not to focus on that, and get the big head,” Brady said. “I just want to become the best player I can be.”