Thursday, May 3, 2012

Michael Bradley: "I Don't Regret Coming to UConn"

Michael Bradley finished exams on Thursday ("they went great," he said). Now, he's packing up his stuff, heading down to his Chattanooga home to see his mom and ailing grandmother and, soon afterwards, heading to Western Kentucky University to start his college hoops career anew.

Bradley officially announced he's transferring to WKU, something that's been in the works for a couple of weeks. The main reason the 6-9 sophomore is leaving Storrs is to be closer to his grandmother, Frankie Bradley, who is battling lung cancer.

"I don't regret coming to UConn," said Bradley, who never played a single second in his two seasons as a Husky. He sat out as a redshirt his first year, then broke his ankle in the preseason last year and never recovered enough to get on the court.

"The way the dice rolled, sitting out my first year was the best thing to happen to me, because I had only played four years (of basketball) and one of them was my JV year," Bradley said. "The worst thing that happened was my injury."

Since he's transferring to be closer to home for his grandmother, Bradley may not have to sit out a season and be able to suit right up for the Hilltoppers. He said his grandmother seems to be doing well.

"Sometimes, I have to tell just by her voice, because she's stubborn like me," Bradley said. "She could be doing horrible and telling me she's doing good."

Bradley said that UConn's upcoming postseason ban played into his decision "maybe just a little ... but I wouldn't say it's the reason."

He added he has "no clue" if Jim Calhoun is returning.

As for Western Kentucky, Bradley said he doesn't know new head coach (and former assistant) Ray Harper too well, but said his AAU coach, teammates and people around the city of Chattanooga gave him "good feedback" about Harper.

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Anonymous Anthony said...

I wish you luck with your dumb decision Michael. i doubt you will play for them either, maybe when its scrub time. Thanks for freeing up a scholarship for someone that can play a little better than a high school JV. Peace!

May 4, 2012 at 3:35 AM 

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