Nick Bradford

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Nick Bradford
Grindavík[1]
Small Forward
Personal information
Born (1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 35)[2]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College Kansas[3][4]
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2000–present
Career history
Kansas City Knights (2001-03)
The Keflavík Express--Iceland (2003-04)[5]
Reims Champagne Basket--France (2005-07)[2]
CSU SIBIU-Romania (2009-10)[4]
UMFG(2010-2011)

Nicholas Evans Bradford[3] is an American professional basketball player. At 6 foot 7 inches in height, he plays at small forward.[6]

High school career[edit]

Bradford is from Fayetteville, Arkansas. He played for his high school, Fayetteville Bulldogs and for AAU teams.[3] Both Gatorade and Scholastic Sports Magazine named Bradford Arkansas Player of the Year.[5][3] He was also named fourth team Parade magazine All-American.[5][3] Bradford's final list of college choices was the University of Kansas, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Connecticut.[5][3] He has stated that he choose Kansas because it is fairly close to home and had a good coach, Roy Williams.[5]

College career[edit]

At Kansas played at the small forward position for the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.[6] His freshman year, 1997, his roommate was Paul Pierce and Bradford served as Pierce's back up.[3] He has stated that: "I think playing against Paul helped me get better. It helped my confidence. After guarding him every day, I knew I could guard anybody."[5] His freshman year he played in 34 games and averaged 2.3 points a game.[5][3] The 1997 team had a 35-4 season. His sophomore season at Kansas, he averaged about 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.[5][3] His 1998-99 season, his junior year, Bradford averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.[5] His senior year, he played on a Kansas team that included Nick Collison, Drew Gooden, and Kirk Hinrich.[5] He averaged 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.[5] In 2000, he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and the team gave him the "Phog Allen MVP Award"[5] In his final regular season home game, on March 5, 2000, Bradford hit six of eight shots from the floor and scored 15 points for Kansas, assisting the Drew Gooden-led Jayhawks to an 83-82 win over the University of Missouri Tigers.[7]

Professional career[edit]

American Basketball Association[edit]

Bradford played for the minor league Kansas City Knights, which was coached by former Kansas Jayhawks player Kevin Pritchard from 2001 to 2003.[6]

Europe[edit]

He signed for the 2001-2003 seasons with the Iceland Premier League club The Keflavík Express--Iceland. Bradford is back in Fayetteville awaiting a new contract after stints playing basketball professionally overseas in Romania, Iceland, France and Finland.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Bradford joined the Labette Community College (Parsons, KS) Cardinals of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference coaching staff as an assistant coach. In July 2013, he accepted the assistant coaching position at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in Joplin, MO.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicholas Bradford Statistics". Eurobasket. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Nick Bradford". Doudiz Basket, Basketball Statistics and History. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "KANSAS OFFICIAL ATHLETICS SITE--Men's Basketball". University of Kansas. 1998-10-15. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "Bradford grew up a stones’ throw away from the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark." 
  4. ^ a b Bedore, Gary (2010-11-20). "Fit to be tied: KU matches Allen Fieldhouse winning streak". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Buckner, Steve (1 October 2006). "Chapter 14: Nick Bradford". Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Kansas Jayhawks Basketball. Sports Publishing. pp. 155–162. ISBN 978-1-58261-971-2. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  6. ^ a b c Knapp, Chris (2009-02-05). "Catching Up With Nick Bradford". The Shiver. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Game Story". USA Today. 2000-03-05. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "In his final regular season home game, Nick Bradford went 6-of-8 from the field and scored 15 points for Kansas (22-8, 11-5 Big 12), which has won the first three Big 12 tournaments." 
  8. ^ Shupe, Andy (2011-01-24). "Long Time". 

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