Bradley leaving for Vincennes after hardship waiver denial

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Michael Bradley will be playing college basketball this season, just not at WKU.

The redshirt sophomore forward transferred to Vincennes University, a junior college in Vincennes, Ind., in order to play next season.

Bradley transferred to WKU in May from Connecticut.

Bradley, who spent two years at UConn without playing, hoped to play for the Toppers in the 2012-2013 season by applying for an NCAA hardship waiver.

He applied for the waiver in May in an attempt to gain eligibility, citing a need to be closer to his sick grandmother in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the reason for the transfer.

However the NCAA denied Bradley’s hardship waiver request on June 24.

Bradley would’ve had to sit out the upcoming season before being eligible to play for WKU in the 2013-2014 season.

News of Bradley’s transfer to Vincennes broke when Vincennes put out a press release saying the program had added Bradley.

Vincennes coach Todd Franklin came to Bowling Green to watch Bradley work out in the week before Bradley’s hardship waiver request was denied, the release said.

Then, according to the release, Bradley visited Vincennes on Friday and signed while on campus.

Bradley had been taking summer classes at WKU.

A WKU spokesman confirmed Bradley’s transfer on Sunday, saying Bradley transferred to a junior college in order to not have to sit out a third straight season of competitive college basketball.

Bradley’s departure leaves senior Teeng Akol, juniors Kene Anyigbo and O’Karo Akamune, sophomores Nigel Snipes, Stephon Drane and George Fant and incoming freshmen Eddie Alcantara and Aleksejs Rostovs as forwards on WKU’s roster.

Bradley can transfer from Vincennes to a Division I school next offseason and not have to sit out a year.

WKU coach Ray Harper has not issued any statements regarding the transfer. Harper was in Virginia this weekend, attending the wedding of assistant coach David Boyden and Lindsay Thomas, assistant AD of marketing/communications.