Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
It didn’t take 6-2 freshman guard Riley Bradshaw very long to realize that Utah State wasn’t the place for him, as he decided after one exhibition game (eight minutes of action) to leave the program at the end of the fall semester.
Bradshaw, one of Montana’s best high school players, decided on Saturday to transfer to Montana and the news was confirmed by NBCMontana.com on Wednesday.
Bradshaw will have to sit out a season before being eligible to play, meaning that he won’t play for the Grizzlies until December 2013. But that’s of little consequence to a player who’s simply happy to join the Montana program.
“I feel so blessed that [head] coach [Wayne] Tinkle was great about everything giving me a second chance,” Bradshaw said to Vince Bagby of NBCMontana.com. “The Griz obviously have a winning tradition going on and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Bradshaw, who was a three-time all-state selection at Corvallis (MT) High, will be able to step in and help Montana immediately in the backcourt.
The Grizzlies will lose Will Cherry after this season, opening up one starting start on the perimeter. Kareem Jamar will be a senior in 2013, and sophomores Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory will be juniors.
DeShields and Gregory will have even bigger roles than expected before the season began due to the broken foot suffered by Cherry, an injury that could keep him out until December.
Bradshaw, who has already had the opportunity to practice against a very good guard in Utah State’s Preston Medlin for a couple weeks before leaving the USU program, will be able to learn from the likes of Cherry and Jamar during his transfer season.
While Bradshaw is excited to be able to return home and be a part of his home state program, the same can be said for his family, friends and fans who watched him play in high school.
“The feedback I’ve had already has been really exciting,” said Bradshaw on taking his talents back to the Treasure State. “Not just from my friends and family but all the people who watched me throughout high school. It’s been great the support back home that’s what made me come back home in the first place.”
Bradshaw’s future teammates open their season on Friday night at Colorado State, one of the opening day’s match-ups of teams that reached the NCAA tournament.
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