The 6-foot-10 center/forward from Chattanooga, Tenn., originally decided to transfer to Western Kentucky after leaving the Huskies this spring. But when the NCAA denied his appeal for a waiver that would have allowed him to transfer without sitting out a season, Bradley changed his mind again.
Vincennes coach Todd Franklin traveled to Western Kentucky, where Bradley was taking summer school courses, last week according to the Vincennes athletic department web site. After watching Bradley workout, Franklin invited Bradley for a visit. Bradley made that visit last Friday and signed on campus.
“He’s a big, talented guy, and he has a vast amount of potential,” Franklin said of Bradley. “We hope he can get us over the hump (to be a serious contender for a NJCAA Div. I National Championship at Hutchinson, Kan.).”
Bradley was a medical redshirt his first season at UConn. Last season, after making headlines by offering his scholarship to Andre Drummond, Bradley fractured his right ankle and after rehab never got into a game for the Huskies.
UConn is banned from postseason play in 2013 because of NCAA academic issues. The UConn roster has been transformed with several players either transferring or heading to the NBA. Bradley wanted to transfer closer to his grandmother, who is fighting cancer but the NCAA’s ruling meant he would have to sit out another season at a Division I NCAA school.
“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.”