Gary Bradds
Bradds in his senior season at Ohio State
Personal information
Born(1942-07-26)July 26, 1942
Jamestown, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 15, 1983(1983-07-15) (aged 40)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolGreeneview (Jamestown, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (1961–1964)
NBA draft1964: 1st round, 3rd overall pick
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1964–1971
PositionPower forward / small forward
Number33, 30, 31, 40
Career history
19641966Baltimore Bullets
19671969Oakland Oaks / Washington Caps
1970Carolina Cougars
1970–1971Texas Chaparrals
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points3,106 (12.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,398 (5.5 rpg)
Assists227 (0.9 apg)
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Representing  United States
Men's basketball
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1963 São Paulo Team Competition

Gary Lee "Tex" Bradds (July 26, 1942 – July 15, 1983) was an American basketball player. After a successful college career at Ohio State, where he was the 1964 College Player of the Year, he played an integral role with the 1968–69 Oakland Oaks, the American Basketball Association champions. He attended Greeneview High School, where he scored 61 points in a game (on December 8, 1959, versus Mt. Sterling).[1][2] The school's gym is named in his honor.[3]


Bradds enrolled at University of Kentucky but transferred after two days.[4]

He played collegiately for the Ohio State University. Was National Player of the Year[5] and winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy in 1964. Teammates included Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Bobby Knight, Mel Nowell, and Don DeVoe. Averaged 28.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as a junior, after replacing Jerry Lucas. Averaged 30.6 points and 13.4 rebounds as a senior. Had six consecutive 40 point games his senior year,[6] including a school record 49 against Illinois (2/10/64).[7]

Bradds in action during an Ohio State v Purdue game in 1961

During the streak, Bradds averaged 44.3 points and scored 46% of Ohio State's points. It ended with Bradds scoring 30 points against Iowa. He also was a member of the 1963 Pan American Games, winning a gold medal.[8] Pan Am team included Willis Reed and Lucious Jackson. Was captain of the team in 1964. His #35 has been retired at Ohio State (1/27/2001).[9] Is a member of their Hall of Fame (inducted in 1978).[10] Also, member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.[11] Scored 15 points in the National Title game in 1962, leading team. Jerry Lucas once claimed that Bradds was the best player he played against all season "in practice". His 735 points in 1964 are second highest season total in school's history.[12] Was Ohio States MVP in 1963 and 1964.[13] Was Big Ten MVP in 1963 and 1964. Was All-American in 1963 and 1964.[14] Ohio State had a 62–14 record while he was there. He averaged 20.7 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting .535 percent from the field in 74 games.[15] His 1,530 points and 706 rebounds still rank in the school's top ten of all time.

Professional career

Bradds was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the first round (No. 3 pick overall) of the 1964 NBA draft but played sparingly in his rookie season.[16]

After his release three games into the 1965–66 season, Bradds signed with the Twin City Sailors of the North American Basketball League and was selected to the All-league Second Team. The next season he played with the Columbus Comets and gained All-First Team honors.[17] After the 1966–67 season, his contract was sold to the Oakland Oaks of the new American Basketball Association.

At the outset of the 1968–69 campaign, Bradds came off the bench for a star-studded Oaks team that featured future Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Warren Armstrong, Doug Moe, Larry Brown and Ira Harge. When Barry went down with a knee injury midway through the season, Bradds stepped up in a starter role and the league leaders missed nary a beat. He averaged 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in the playoffs with a high of 43 points against Minnesota.[18]

Bradds went to play with the Washington Capitols (1969–70), Carolina Cougars and Texas Chaparrals (1970–71) in the ABA. In his career, he averaged 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in the regular season and 17.0 points and 7.9 rebounds in the playoffs. He ranks 67th in ABA history in free throws and 76th in free throw attempts. He ranked in the top 10 in free throw percentage in the 1968–69 season. His field goal percentage of .478 ranks 36th in ABA history, while free throw percentage of .803 is 32nd overall.

Personal life

Following his pro career, Bradds was an assistant coach and Teacher and School Principal of Greeneview South Elementary . A much admired and respected local and national hero/role model to many, Bradds died on July 15, 1983, at the age of 40 of cancer.[19] His son David played basketball at the University of Dayton. Also father of two daughters, Melinda and Lori. Cousin of American Jazz Guitarist Terry Bradds. Brother Gayle Bradds played basketball for Cedarville College.[20] Bradds' grandson Evan is a college basketball player for Belmont University and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017.[21]

ABA and NBA statistics

Regular season

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship  *  Led the league
Denotes seasons in which Bradds' team won an ABA championship
1964–65 Baltimore 41 8.2 .414 .714 2.0 0.5 3.3
1965–66 Baltimore 3 5.0 .333 .000 .750 2.7 0.3 2.3
1968–69 Oakland (ABA) 75 30.0 .497 .143 .820 7.7 1.2 18.7
1969–70 Washington (ABA) 60 20.7 .480 .000 .828 5.6 0.9 13.4
1970–71 Carolina (ABA) 7 16.3 .378 .000 .828 5.6 0.9 13.4
1970–71 Texas (ABA) 19 10.9 .427 .000 .556 5.9 0.3 6.3
Career 254 20.5 .475 .056 .798 5.5 0.9 12.2


1965 Baltimore 1 5.0 .667 1.000 2.0 0.0 6.0
1969 Oakland (ABA) 16 32.3 .478 .835 10.1 0.9 20.5
1970 Washington (ABA) 6 19.3 .410 1.000 .500 2.8 0.5 9.5
Career 23 27.7 .467 1.000 .803 7.9 0.8 17.0


  1. ^ Dayton Area Sports History Basketball Significant Figures
  2. ^ Men's High School High-Scorers
  3. ^ Greene County Bureau — Bradds Would Be Proud of New Gym Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)
  4. ^ Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron Russell Rice – Google Books
  5. ^ The Naismith Award Winners – College Basketball MVP
  6. ^ Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary Google Books
  7. ^ National Insider: Scoring records not a modern art
  8. ^ USAB: FOURTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES – 1963 Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Ohio State News".
  10. ^[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame: Gary Bradds". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  12. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  13. ^ Ohio State's Unforgettables – Bruce Hooley – Google Books
  14. ^ All-Americans – Big Ten Honors – Awards
  15. ^ Gary Bradds
  16. ^ Gary Bradds NBA & ABA Stats |
  17. ^ North American Basketball League Standings
  18. ^ 1968–69 ABA Game by Game Log- Part 4
  19. ^ GARY BRADDS –
  20. ^ Grandson, Evan Bradds plays basketball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.Cedarville University Yellow Jackets Athletics – All-Time Alphabetical Roster (thru 2012–13)
  21. ^ Stuart, Carol (December 16, 2015). "Belmont's Evan Bradds playing up to family legend". American Sports Network. Retrieved March 1, 2016.