Arizona lands transfer commitment from former Alabama guard Jaden Bradley
Arizona has landed a transfer commitment from former Alabama guard Jaden Bradley.
It’s a significant addition for coach Tommy Lloyd in the backcourt, and provides Arizona with another former 5-star guard to add to the rotation. The Wildcats announced the signing on Wednesday. Bradley comes to Tucson with three seasons of eligibility remaining (and a redshirt available, should he need it) after his lone season with the Crimson Tide resulted in an SEC All-Freshman team selection.
“We are excited to have Jaden and his family join our program,” Lloyd said in a release from the program. “He had an outstanding freshman season for one of the top teams in the country. We know that as he continues to grow his game, he can really make an impact on our program to help make everyone around him better.”
Bradley started 22 times for an Alabama team that swept the SEC titles and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. A 6-foot-3 guard from Rochester, New York, Bradley averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 19.8 minutes a game for the Tide.
He scored a season-best 18 points in Alabama’s Dec. 17 win over Gonzaga. He led the Crimson Tide in assists 17 times and led the team in steals on seven occasions. Bradley scored in double figures 11 times in 37 appearances. He was able to get to the free throw line and showed an ability to make plays for his teammates.
“Arizona recruited me the first time around. I am familiar with their staff and fast pace style of play,” Bradley told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. “Coach Lloyd is an upbeat and energetic guy who is heavy on player development. He is on the court with his guys outside of practice.”
Bradley was a 2022 McDonald’s All-American and a consensus 5-star recruit. He was the No. 3 point guard prospect in the country, per the industry-generated 247 Composite, and the No. 26 overall recruit in the class. Prior to arriving at IMG Academy in 2020, Bradley helped the Cannon School in Charlotte, North Carolina, win its first state championship since 2006 by scoring 27 points in the title game. He was also named the 2020 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.
At Arizona, he’s set to partner with 2022 signee Kylan Boswell to form what, on paper, looks like it can be one of the best backcourts in the Pac-12. Playmaking, scoring, defending; the duo of Boswell and Bradley looks promising.
With the Wildcats, Bradley will also get the opportunity to face his former team. Arizona is set to play Alabama in Phoenix on Dec. 20.
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