Bradey Woodall invited to attend Elite 80 basketball camp

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bradey Woodall led the scoring in two of the three games he participated in at the Scouts Focus Elite 80 Showcase Camp held in Overland Park, Kan.

Bradey Woodall

The Manila eighth grade athlete was invited to attend the camp in March. He was one of only three eighth graders to attend the prestigious basketball camp. The other participants were ninth grade through high school.

His AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball coach Todd Ashabranner recommended him for the camp and Bradey was excited to be able to attend.

Bradey led the scoring for his team with a 17.5 point average.

This is Bradey's second year to play AAU basketball. Playing AAU as well as junior high basketball, he gets to enjoy the game most of the year.

One of his teammates on the Nitro Team, Tre Tate, a ninth grade student from Armorel, also attended the Elite 80 Showcase Camp.

"Our junior high team had a good year finishing the season with a 20-6 record and district runner-up," Bradey said.

The Arkansas Nitro team is made up of players from Manila, Bay, Armorel and Brookland. Several of Bradey's Junior Lion teammates also play AAU for the Arkansas Nitro. They are Dalton Hitchcock, Matthew and Jeremiah May, Tyler Johnson, Patrick Tanner, Neal Benson and Kyle Bell. Other players include Tre Tate of Armorel, David Ballard and Austin Holloway of Brookland, Dustin Utley and Robert McFadden of Bay.

Bradey said attending the Elite 80 camp was a learning experience and he hopes to attend others in the future.

This is Bradey's second year to do individual skill development with Kam Ashabranner.

"Bradey is a very gifted athlete," Coach Todd Ashabranner said. "He is an extremely hard worker and improves day after day. I believe he will be one of the all time greats to play in this area. He went to this camp as an under-aged invite. The coaches asked over and over if he could play with high school players. After the camp was over, they were impressed by his stats."

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