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March 31, 2008 AT 9:00 AM
Basketball College Careers of Greatest NBA Players of All Time: Bill Bradley Born in Missouri in 1943, Bill Bradley began playing basketball in grade 4 and by high school he was a two-time All-American. Along with strong academic credentials, Bradley was offered 75 college scholarships. Bradley chose Princeton despite the fact that as an Ivy League school they could not offer him an athletic scholarship. Not surprisingly with Bradley joining the squad, the Princeton Tigers would capture the Ivy League Championship every year Bradley played. Bradley would average a double-double in his sophomore year, with 27.3 points and 12.2 rebounds and at the same time shoot nearly 90% from the free-throw line. As a junior, Bradley would explode for 51 points versus Harvard, which was more than the entire opposing team scored for the game. In that season, Bradley set an Ivy League record by averaging 33.1 points per game. In the 1964-65 NCAA season, the honours continued piling up for the senior. After leading Princeton to a third place ranking in the NCAA Tournament, Bradley shot for 58 points versus Wichita State in the third place consolation game. The Tigers had made it to their first Final Four in school history, where they lost to Michigan. Bradley was a three-time All-American and the 1965 National Player of the Year. Perhaps the most impressive award for Bradley was becoming the recipient of the 1965 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Over his years at Princeton, Bradley scored 2,503 points and averaged just over 30 points per game. Unlike most other college stars, Bradley did not immediately join the NBA. After finishing his studies at the prestigious Oxford University in England, Bradley played briefly in Italy before finally entering the NBA and joining the New York Knicks. Scripted by Derek Allen