Courtesy of Bellarmine University
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Division I transfer Pedro Bradshaw has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Bellarmine University men’s basketball team, Coach Scott Davenport announced Tuesday.
A 6-foot-7 guard/forward, Bradshaw played last season at Eastern Kentucky University after beginning his collegiate career at Belmont (Tenn.) University. The 2017 Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist out of Russellville High School potentially has three years of eligibility remaining pending NCAA approval of a waiver.
“Our basketball program is thrilled to welcome Pedro Bradshaw!” Davenport said. “His on-court record is phenomenal but we as a program are equally impressed with him as a teammate and quality individual. He is a look-you-in-the-eye, very responsible young man. His grandparents have done a tremendous job, and it shows the way he conducts himself on and off the floor.”
Bradshaw, who saw action in 10 games last season at EKU, joins a Bellarmine squad that is coming off a 28-5 campaign in which the Knights won their third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the DII NCAA Tournament for the sixth time since 2011.
“They have an amazing culture and tradition,” Bradshaw said. “Once I decided to leave (EKU), honestly they were the first school on my mind. The way they play is extremely unselfish — the way they pass, everybody shares the ball, everybody can shoot the ball. I want to be a part of that winning culture.”
Bradshaw played all five positions at Russellville High School, where as a senior he was a Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist and named first-team All-State by the Courier Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader after averaging 22.1 points and 13.1 rebounds. Bradshaw guided Russellville to a Fourth Region title his senior campaign and finished his career as the high school’s all-time leading scorer (1,938 points) and rebounder (1,169).
Bradshaw is hoping to serve a variety of functions for the Knights, providing efficiency in whatever capacity is required at a given time.
“I want to be able to play anywhere (the coaches) need me. I definitely pride myself on versatility,” he said. “It’s not only being able to play multiple positions offensively, it’s about being able to guard multiple positions defensively. That’s going to allow me to stay on the floor, and it’s going to give the team flexibility in the rotation.”
During the recruiting process, Bradshaw played in a pickup game with the team. He had studied the Knights on film and found that their version of an unstructured contest was precisely what he had observed on game tape, reinforcing his desire to become a member of the program.
“There was so much passion, constant movement and sharing the ball,” Bradshaw said. “You don’t really see that in pickup games. I mean I was getting tired just playing defense. It’s what Coach Davenport has instilled in them, but it also shows the high IQ of the guys. My grandfather was there and said he enjoyed watching it more than an actual game.”