By all accounts, former UConn basketball player Michael Bradley has done all he right things. He was a good teammates during his two years in Storrs, even going so far as to offer Andre Drummond his scholarship last summer. But he was part of the five-player exodus this spring -- Drummond and Jeremy Lamb headed for the NBA and Bradley, Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith transferred elsewhere.
Bradley seemed destined for Western Kentucky, where he hoped to play next season. Typically, players transferring from one NCAA Division I school to another must sit out a season, but Bradley had hoped to be exempt as an NCAA hardship. Specifically: he was going to WKU to be closer to his ailing grandmother. Unfortunately, the NCAA saw things differently, denied Bradley's hardship waiver and now he's signed with Vincennes University, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association -- and as such, Bradley isn't required to wait a year before he can play.
“He’s a big, talented guy, and he has a vast amount of potential,” VUTrailBlazers.com reports.VU coach Todd Franklin said. “We hope he can get us over the hump (to be a serious contender for a NJCAA Div. I National Championship at Hutchinson, KS).” Bradley didn't see any game action with the Huskies and Franklin concedes that the big man will have to "get the rust off" before he begins to pay dividends. That said, the VU coach is excited about his latest recruit.
“We were looking at getting another big guy in here and we knew we should try to get a true center, because we’re deep at other positions. When you can add a 6-10 Big East (Conference) transfer who doesn’t bring a lot of baggage and was a high test score player, you have to feel fortunate.”