Einstein G/F Joe Bradshaw headed for prep year

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Things didn’t go quite as Joe Bradshaw and his Einstein teammates had hoped this season. A 6-17 record and an early playoff departure wasn’t quite what the 6-foot-7 senior had in mind for his final year of high school.

“We were really pumped up for the year,” Bradshaw said. “We got a rude awakening.”

Though Bradshaw had significant interest from Coppin State, Central Connecticut, and High Point, he decided earlier this month he needed another year to “get stronger” and improve his GPA. Bradshaw will head to Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, where he’ll join fellow D.C. area standout Andre Fox of Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as some of his AAU teammates on Balitmore’s finest.

Another year of growth and exposure should serve Bradshaw well. At Einstein, the versatile big man ran the point or played at shooting guard, averaging 16.8 points per game and knocking down 40 threes. He says he hopes to play small forward in college, where coaches will undoubtedly be wooed by the ball handling and shooting skills that pushed him to the Titans’ backcourt this season.

“I have quite the ball-handing skills,” Bradshaw joked, saying that he worked on his ball-handling and shooting with his brother early in his career, when he was “young and fat.”

When he grew from 5-foot-9 to 6 feet during the summer after his freshman year, “the shooting and dribbling skills stayed.”

Seven more inches of growth later, Bradshaw hopes an extra year will help him hone his small forward skills and earn more offers.

“Everything can get better,” Bradshaw said. “Everything can be improved upon.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 7
Bradshaw’s 16.8 points per game were the seventh-most among Montgomery County players this season.

BREAKFAST LINKS: 
— In baseball, No. 3 St. John’s shut down No. 2 Lake Braddock in a non-conference tilt yesterday

— No. 10 Chantilly outlasted Robinson in Virginia boys’ lacrosse last night thanks to a great night from senior goalie Patrick Meehan

— Top recruits faced off all over the field as defending Maryland 4A/3A girls lacrosse state champions outdueled South River

–Tuscarora’s Cole Gabriele tossed a no-hitter in his first career start

— The Glenelg boys’ lacrosse team hadn’t lost a game to Howard County competition since 2009. Then Centennial came along and shocked the Gladiators in their season opener, shaking up the Howard County lacrosse scene.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: 
In a big early-season boys’ soccer matchup, No. 4 Chantilly takes on No. 7 West Springfield tonight at 7 p.m.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: 
Here’s what it looked like as No. 3 St. John’s took down No.2 Lake Braddock on the diamond yesterday:

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 
Highlights and interviews from Chantilly’s big boys’ lacrosse victory over Robinson last night:

Chantilly holds off Robinson to win, 7-5 (Will Davidson IV for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)
Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.

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