After two years in Storrs, Conn., and zero minutes played in a Connecticut jersey, Tyner High School graduate and Chattanooga native Michael Bradley is transferring from UConn.
According to a source, Bradley was granted his release from UConn late last week and has been in discussions with multiple suitors this week. After redshirting his freshman year with the Huskies, Bradley fractured his ankle in October and ultimately missed his entire sophomore season.
Bradley, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was originally a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and committed to the Huskies over Drake, VCU and Georgia during his senior year at Tyner.
Having yet to play a collegiate game, Bradley hopes to be immediately eligible to play next season, according to a source. Two factors will help in his favor.
With Connecticut facing a 2012-13 postseason ban for poor Academic Progress Rate scores, players transferring, such as highly sought after center Alex Oriakhi, are expecting to be eligible next season. Additionally, with a grandmother in Chattanooga recently diagnosed with cancer, Bradley can also apply for a hardship waiver to play closer to home without sitting out.
“(Bradley’s eligibility) still isn’t closer,” said the source, who added that Bradley is being pursued by “strong mid-major programs” that mostly expect him to be an immediate impact player next year. The Atlantic Sun and Sun Belt conferences were mentioned specifically.
If Bradley is granted a medical redshirt for last season’s injury and is declared eligible for next season, the worst-case scenario would be for him to have three remaining seasons of eligibility.
If Bradley is not granted eligibility this upcoming season, he will be forced to sit out the 2012-13 season and only have two years of eligibility remaining to play.
Bradley is the third UConn frontcourt player to leave the university this spring. In addition to Oriakhi’s transfer, freshman Andre Drummond declared for the NBA draft on Thursday.
Bradley drew great attention prior to the 2011-12 season, following Drummond's late commitment to Connecticut. It was originally believed that Bradley had sacrificed his own scholarship to allow Drummond to attend despite UConn not having an available scholarship. It was later revealed that Drummond had in fact played his freshman season as a walk-on.
According to the source, Bradley has “a solid five or six schools in hot pursuit,” among a growing list of suitors. Additionally, while he intends to play in the general area of SE Tennessee, Bradley is “not looking to get into the Chattanooga area.”
In high school, Bradley scored a 25 on the ACT and held a 3.5 GPA at Tyner.
Click here for Nooga.com’s complete profile on Bradley, which originally ran in January.