Kevin Bradshaw

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Kevin Bradshaw
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1965-02-13) February 13, 1965 (age 49)
Gainesville, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
High school Buchholz (Gainesville, Florida)
College Bethune-Cookman (1983–1985)
US International (1989–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Bradshaw (born February 13, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and current collegiate basketball coach. He is best known as the NCAA record-holder for most points in a single game against a Division I opponent.

College career[edit]

Bradshaw, a 6'6" guard, played high school basketball at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida. Playing alongside future NBA player Vernon Maxwell, Bradshaw averaged 30.6 points per game as a senior in 1983 and was named first team All-State.[1]

Bradshaw turned down his hometown Florida Gators, instead opting to play for the smaller Bethune-Cookman University. After his sophomore season, he left the school and joined the Navy. After being stationed on a submarine tender near San Diego, Bradshaw began playing with the All-Navy team. He would go on to travel the country playing with the Navy All Stars and later the All-Armed Forces team, alongside future NBA star David Robinson. After getting permission from the Navy to once again pursue his education, Bradshaw was recruited by Gary Zarecky, head coach of the Gulls of U.S. International University, who saw a great fit for his team's fast-paced style of play.[2] It was the perfect match of player and system, as Bradshaw went on to lead the NCAA in scoring as a senior in 1990-91 at 37.6 points per game.

On January 5, 1991, Bradshaw made NCAA history as he scored 72 points in a 186-150 loss to Loyola Marymount University - a meeting of two teams specializing in that fast-break style of play. This performance broke Pete Maravich's NCAA record for most points scored against a Division I opponent. The previous record had been 69 points, set by Maravich in a 1970 game against Alabama.[3]

Bradshaw ended his college career with 2,804 points - currently #16 on the all-time NCAA career scoring list.

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS PPG REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT%
1983-84 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 28 361 12.9 2.8 1.3 - - .435 - .686
1984-85 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 27 514 19.0 4.4 1.6 - - .430 - .698
1989-90 US International Gulls 28 875 31.3 4.9 2.5 1.7 0.5 .412 .338 .844
1990-91 US International Gulls 28 1054 37.6 5.1 2.4 1.8 1.0 .428 .316 .822
Totals: 111 2804 25.3 4.3 1.9 1.7 0.8 .425 .328 .801

Post-college[edit]

After failing to catch on with the NBA, Bradshaw played professionally in Israel for eleven years. He set numerous offensive records there, including once scoring 101 points in a game. After his playing career was over he became the first African-American coach in Israeli professional basketball history, guiding Hapoel Elat to a 58-39 record in three years with the team. In 2008 he returned to the US and spent two years as an assistant coach at NAIA school Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He currently teaches and coaches at an inner-city high school (King-Chavez) in San Diego while running "Be the Best" basketball camps, which tours nationwide and internationally in Israel, providing instruction for children of all ages.[4]

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