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Extra Effort Winner a True Blue Basketball Star

Posted March 24, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Bradley Blue just completed a stellar basketball career at Midway High School. Blue, a four-year starter, led Midway to the state 1-A championship game averaging 26 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.

For his career he scored over 2,000 points. Blue says he always loved playing basketball.

"When I started playing basketball around [age] 5, I used to get up early in the morning and go shoot basketballs by myself. People thought I was crazy, but it paid off," says Blue.

Blue's coach calls him a "complete, all-around team player."

"He has not only been a great basketball player, but we've been blessed with a great leader. He truly was a coach on the floor. I think one of his greatest attributes is that he can do a lot of things," says coach Brinson Hunter. "He is a good scorer, a good outside shooter, he can take the ball to the basket, he's good on penetration, he's excellent on the foul line."

The aggressive player is quiet and attentive in the classroom.

"He's so good and so aggressive out there on the basketball court. I said 'I wonder what he's going to be like when I have him in class.' He's just as quiet and mild-mannered. He doesn't say a whole lot, but he's a good student," says one of Blue's teachers.

Senior Bradley Blue of Midway High School is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award. Tom Suiter's Extra Effort award airs Wednesdays during WRAL's 6:00 News.

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