Bradley starting to give Sea Kings life

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

The senior transfer from Beaumont has helped Corona del Mar to a 6-2 start, yet he is being asked to step up his game more.

December 22, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,

Marcus Bradley probably does not want his basketball coach to know what he is feeling in his final year of high school.

It happens to most seniors.

"I'm experiencing a little senioritis," said Bradley, who is in a different situation than most of his senior classmates at Corona del Mar.

Bradley is in his first year at the school. The transfer from Beaumont might be able to get away with going through the motions in the classroom.


On the basketball court, he cannot coast anymore.

Coach Ryan Schachter will not tolerate it.

Eight games into Bradley's new season with the Sea Kings, Schachter has noticed a weakness. It has nothing to do with Bradley's natural talent.

The numbers are there for Bradley. He is averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. CdM is off to an impressive 6-2 start considering the schedule it has played so far.

The effort shown by the 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward is a different story.

"He still has not put a game together where he has put in the maximum effort from start to finish. He's just never been held accountable to do that," Schachter said. "He's always gotten away with not having to do that. There's a lot you can get away with when you're the best player on a team that may not be at this caliber."

CdM is Bradley's third high school in four years. He said he moved into the area to live with his grandparents, Jim and Joan Hauke, not because of basketball. The CIF State office approved Bradley's hardship appeal in September, ruling him athletically eligible to play this season.

Unlike his previous two stops, Beaumont and Redlands East Valley, the Sea Kings have a legit program.

The Sea Kings plan to not only win the Pacific Coast League, but also contend for a CIF Southern Section Division III-AA title this season. Schachter said they are going to need Bradley to make a run at the program's sixth section crown in school history.

The playoffs in CdM's new division are two months away. The Sea Kings moved up a division, with the likes of Price of Los Angeles, Serra of Gardena and Lutheran of La Verne, the Division IV-AA, Division III-A and Division V-AA champions last season, respectively.

Division III-AA is considered by many to be the toughest outside of the largest in the section, Division I-AA.

Bradley has the kind of abilities to lead CdM to its first section championship game since Schachter's first season at the school in

2006-07. The energy needs a boost, the kind that will bode well for the Sea Kings and Bradley's college prospects.

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