On the day UConn landed a big man – Phillip Nolan of Milwaukee – the Huskies bid goodbye to Michael Bradley, who will transfer to Western Kentucky. Signed paperwork and transcripts were sent to his new school, according to Nooga.com, the website that covers Bradley’s hometown, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bradley wanted to be closer to his ailing grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer. WKU is about a three hour drive from Chattanooga. This could allow him to get a hardship waiver from the NCAA, and not have to sit out a year. But Bradley never played at UConn, redshirting as a freshman and missing all last season after fracturing his ankle. He was willing to give up his scholarship for Andre Drummond last August and apply for financial aid, but Drummond ended up paying his own way.
UConn tried to work something out, coaches drew up a calendar to give Bradley as many chances as possible to visit home. He hinted, in his interview with Nooga.com, that playing time and tournament eligibility were also considerations. His quote:
“They make it to the tournament a lot, and when you’re a college basketball player, that’s all you want to go to. … When you’re younger you want to wooed, you want to be catered to. hat’s not what I wanted this time around. I wanted to see exactly how it was.”