New documentary follows life of former basketball star Kevin Bradshaw

Bradshaw holds NCAA single-game scoring record

SAN DIEGO - A local teacher and former basketball star is hoping a new documentary about his life will help San Diego teenagers avoid the same pitfalls he encountered.

Kevin Bradshaw is the subject of the film "Shooting for Home," which documents his rise from high school and college hoops star to his fall to rock bottom spurred on by drugs and alcohol.

Along the way, Bradshaw, who played for United States International University in San Diego, broke the NCAA single-game scoring record with 72 points again Loyola Marymount in 1991. The previous record was held by LSU's Pete Maravich, who once scored 69 points in a single game.

Bradshaw led the nation in scoring that year, but he never played in the NBA. Even his college, located in Scripps Ranch, went bankrupt and eventually becoming Alliant International University.

In the documentary, Bradshaw, friends, family members, even NBA great David Robinson, discuss Bradshaw's career.

Unfortunately, his life spiraled out of control so much that he considered suicide.

"My plan was to go outside and blow my brains out," Bradshaw said in the documentary.

"No, I wouldn't change anything because it totally shaped who I am now," Bradshaw told 10News from his office at King-Chavez High School in downtown San Diego, where he teaches physical education and coaches basketball.

Not many of his students know a record-holder is standing right in front of them. They're learning through the movie that Bradshaw is a lot like them.

"I think it helps me out because when I'm speaking to them, they know I've been through a little bit and I'm not one of these people who's just talking to them," said Bradshaw.

The documentary is currently making the film festival rounds. Bradshaw would love to see it get an Oscar nomination.

In the meantime, he's pitching a new life skills course to San Diego Unified School District and Sweetwater Union High School District. He hopes to prevent other kids from going down the same path he traveled.

"I believe this is my calling. Had I not gone through what I went through, this story wouldn't be a special story," he said.

For more information on "Shooting for Home," visit the film's website at shootingforhome.com

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