Michael Bradley's New Career

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Michael Bradley (left) of Villanova goes to the net and scores. (Inquirer File Photo)

He was a one-year star at Villanova, a transfer from Kentucky averaging 20.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.

From there, 6-10 Michael Bradley became a first-round draft choice of the Toronto Raptors in 2001, the No. 17 overall pick.

He logged time with five NBA teams, including 46 games with the 76ers in 2005-06, then went overseas to play in Spain, Germany and Lithuania.

And all along, Bradley was paying attention to how things worked behind the scenes. Finally, after seven seasons, now with a wife and three children, he has vaulted into a new career, passing the NBA and FIBA (international) certification exams and forming Bradley Sports Management (www.bradleysportsmanagement.com).

''I really wanted to stay involved with the game and be flexible enough to still be at home every week with my family,'' Bradley said in an email. ''I had always been interested in the behind-the-scenes business aspect of basketball and gave the agent idea a hard look, doing a lot of research.''

The results so far include placing six players on teams overseas, including Mark Sanchez (no, no, not the New York Jets rookie quarterback) with Hapoel Holon in Israel. This Mark Sanchez, by the way, is a forward from Boise State.

''I have the history of playing (in the NBA and overseas) and the eye to seek out players who will be successful in Europe,'' Bradley said. ''It's very rewarding helping kids secure their first professional contracts and hopefully helping them on to long careers.''

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