Clippers guard Avery Bradley honored by national powerhouse Findlay Prep

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — No one at prep basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep will ever again wear No. 11.That’s Avery Bradley’s number.The Clippers guard had his jersey number retired during a halftime ceremony at a Pilots game on Tuesday in Henderson, Nev.Findlay Prep is a high school basketball program sponsored by the Henderson International School. The Pilots, who won the national high school championship in 2009, 2010 and 2012, boast a slew of alumni who made it to the NBA, including the Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, the Washington Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr., the Memphis Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks, and former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, who currently is a member of the G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. But none of them has had his jersey retired by Findlay Prep.“That was pretty cool; there’s a lot of players who’ve played at Findlay Prep,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday’s practice, after which the team was scheduled to fly to Portland for Thursday’s game against the Trail Blazers.Rivers couldn’t help but note his alma mater, Proviso East, a public high school near Chicago, also has a winning pedigree, before adding: “Having said that, that’s pretty impressive. When you look at the list of players at Findlay Prep, for him to be the first, he’s the godfather of Findlay Prep. He started it and now everyone’s following.”According to Rivers, the serious-minded Bradley – who rarely exceeds “golfer’s excitement” – was as excited as he gets about the honor.“It feels good, man,” Bradley said after the ceremony, in a video posted online by the Clippers. “I’m really appreciative of this.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Bradley hails from Tacoma, Wash., and starred at Bellarmine Prep before transferring to Findlay and helping get the Pilots established during an undefeated 2008-09 season. As a senior, he averaged 19.1 points and was the top-ranked high school player in the country, according to ESPN’s RISE Magazine. He also was a McDonald’s All-American. He spent one year at Texas before being drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.“Findlay was the best way,” Bradley told USA Today last year. “It helped me mature as a person. Sometimes I think about it (if I didn’t go to Findlay Prep) and I went to a real prestigious school in Washington, I probably still would have got a scholarship somewhere, but my basketball skills probably wouldn’t be where they got.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.An injury limited Bradley to only six games last season for the Clippers, who acquired him from Detroit last January along with Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic in the trade for Blake Griffin. Through nine games this season, Bradley – who still wears No. 11 – is averaging 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.NO BRADLEY OR MBAH A MOUTEBradley will be sidelined a second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle, which he sustained during a recent practice, Rivers said. Luc Mbah a Moute also will be out against Portland, still dealing with a sore left knee.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Luc’s close; he’s on the floor (shooting, before practice),” Rivers said. “He’ll be back soon as well, but neither one (in Portland). Against a good offensive team, you’d like them both, but it is what it is.”Like the Clippers, the Trail Blazers rank in the top 10 in offensive and defensive ratings this season. The only other teams in the top 10 in both categories are the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, whom the Clippers face Saturday afternoon.Per 100 possessions, Portland is averaging 114.2 points (third in the NBA) and the Clippers are scoring 111.9 (sixth), according to Defensively per 100 possessions, the Blazers are allowing 104.8 points (fourth) and the Clippers are permitting 106 (eighth). For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more