Former Tyner star Bradley on the move again
VINCENNES, Ind. (WRCB) -- Former Tyner Academy basketball star Michael Bradley is on the move again.
The 6-foot-10 center, who earlier this year transferred from UConn to Western Kentucky, signed scholarship papers to play for Vincennes University over the weekend.
Bradley chose the two-year junior college program in Indiana after the NCAA recently denied a hardship waiver that would have allowed him to play immediately at WKU. After redshirting his first season at UConn before missing all of last year with an ankle injury, a third straight season with no playing time just wasn't an option.
"He's a big, talented guy, and he has a vast amount of potential," Vincennes head coach Todd Franklin said of Bradley in a school release. "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, who has three years of eligibility remaining (and maybe four depending on further hardship requests down the road), was one of several players to leave UConn with the Huskies facing an NCAA postseason ban in 2012-13 for poor Academic Progress Report scores.
He chose Western Kentucky as his new destination to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chattanooga, and hoped to receive immediate eligibility by using that reason on a hardship waiver. However, the NCAA denied the request last week, meaning Bradley would have to sit out the upcoming season at the Division I school.
The long-armed center will be eligible immediately on the junior college level, and should be able to transfer back to any Division I program, including Western Kentucky, for the 2013-14 season.
Franklin noted Bradley's two-year layoff from game action will require a good amount of work to "knock the rust off," but the positives far outweighed the negatives in getting a talented big man for only one year.
"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," Franklin said. "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."