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UConn must find a scholarship for Andre Drummond and is exploring several options to make room for the 6-foot-11 future pro.
One option is asking 6-9 Michael Bradley, who red-shirted last season, to give up his scholarship and perhaps accept some sort of financial aid package.
“There are several options I know the school is helping him to explore, (like) how much financial aid he would be eligible for,” Lynn Jordan, program director at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, where Bradley spent most of his high school years, told David Borges of the New Haven Register. “His circumstances are a little unique, so that may open the door up for financial aid.”
According to Borges, Bradley “spent the bulk” of his high school years at the Children’s Home, and even lived with Jordan and her son for a period.
“As far as I know, he hasn’t signed anything yet, officially,” Jordan told the Register. “They’re going to try to get the numbers together, let him see them, and if they think it will work out as far as the money, it’s something he’s willing to do.”
Drummond shocked the basketball world last Friday when he announced on Twitter that he would attend UConn this fall instead of spending a post-graduate year at Wilbraham and Monson in Mass.
UConn has only 10 scholarships for the upcoming season, instead of the usual 13, because of academic and recruiting violations. All 10 are currently accounted for.
Two of the 10 players are Germans, 7-1 sophomore center Enosch Wolf and 6-7 sophomore wing Niels Giffey. According to the Hartford Courant, one could opt to return to Germany, with Wolf being the more likely candidate since he only played in seven games last season.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun is high on Giffey, who gave the Huskies some meaningful minutes during their run to the NCAA championship in April and spent the summer with the German National Team.
“He’ll have a great summer,” the coach said in May. “I think he could come back as a surprise guy for us. In Maui, he was a brute.”
UConn now has what must be considered one of the top three or four recruiting classes in the nation with the late additions of Drummond and 6-9 wing DeAndre Daniels to go along with 5-11 combo guard Ryan Boatright.RELATED CONTENT
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.