Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bradford takes prep job

Nick Bradford and Ryan Robertson horse around before the The Legends of  the Phog game on Saturday Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Nick Bradford and Ryan Robertson horse around before the The Legends of the Phog game on Saturday Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Former Kansas University guard Nick Bradford has been hired as head boys basketball coach at Mexico (Mo.) High School.

The 6-foot-7, 37-year-old Bradford, who played at KU for Roy Williams from 1997 to 2000, currently is coach of the Missouri Phenom girls AAU team, based in Blue Springs, Mo. He has been an assistant men’s coach at Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Mo., and Labette County Community College in Parsons. He has also coached for many years in Kansas City’s Run GMC AAU program.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Bradford told the Journal-World on Wednesday. “This was my first year since I was a little kid not being part of a school team or pro team playing or coaching. I’m ready to get back in the everyday basketball grind.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” added Bradford, who spent the last year training athletes while working as a substitute teacher in his hometown of Fayetteville, Ark. He returned to the KC area to start coaching the Phenom again this spring.

Bradford joked that “Mexico is 10, 15 miles east of Columbia — (Missouri) Tiger country. But the AD is kind of a big Kansas guy,” he added with a laugh referring to Jeff Anderson, who last week was named athletic director of the year by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Assn.

Bradford and his wife, Brittani, will be moving to Mexico with their two sons, Quenci, age 9, and Isaiah, 5.

Thornton considers four: Former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton has narrowed his list of schools to four — KU, USC, Miami and Washington.

The 6-foot-2 freshman, who announced plans to transfer after averaging 7.1 points and 2.6 assists per game this past season, told “Kansas has a terrific tradition and (coach) Bill Self runs a great program. I have a great relationship with (assistant) Kurtis Townsend. They win the Big 12 every year and I know they’re going to be in the national championship hunt.”

Holden cuts KU: Kory Holden, a 6-2 sophomore point guard who recently announced plans to leave Delaware University, has cut his list to Baylor, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. He had KU and Seton Hall on his original list of possible transfer destinations.

Parents catch a break: The NCAA has passed Proposal 2015-52, which, according to “will allow institutions to pay the actual round-trip costs for a prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians to accompany the prospect on his official visit and will be implemented August 1, 2016.”

In the past, schools were allowed to pay only for the prospect’s travel and accommodations. Now, not only will flights for the parents and guardians be paid, but also meals and hotel rooms. This rule will be in effect for prospects in the upcoming Class of 2017.


Mallory Briggans 5 years, 7 months ago

Branford adds another branch in the Kansas coaching tree......congratulations...

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 7 months ago

Thornton has KU on his list of 4.....KU is closer to California........But would be nice pickup......

Jefferson Engel 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah I can't really see him going to USC the next closest place on his list as KU will be in need of another PG when he becomes eligible.

Jay Scott 5 years, 7 months ago

UW in Seattle is 500 miles closer to his home than KU.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 7 months ago

It's a little over 400 miles closer to UW than to KU but it's an even easier drive, straight down I-5.But a lot may depend on his aspirations for the future. With KU he gets far more national TV exposure and, I would guess, more exposure to NBA scouts.

Scott MacWilliams 5 years, 7 months ago

An easier drive, straight down I-5? As an Oregonian with relatives in Seattle, calling the drive easy is totally dependent on the time of day and week. It can be ridiculous slow traffic many times, turning a 3 hour drive into 5 or 6 hours of crawling, even without an accident. Straight, yes, but no way is it always easy... Rock Chalk anyway!!

RJ King 5 years, 7 months ago

At USC his family could watch him in person. Enfeld and cute rich girls. Campus is meh.

At U-Dub, his games would be on the Pac-12 Network - mostly starting at 8pm PST. No one would be watching on the East Coast or Midwest at 10 or 11 o'clock. Beautiful campus.

Miami - don't know their point guard situation, but perhaps that, a relationship with Larranaga, or a chance to continue in the ACC and exact revenge on his former team.

Kansas would provide way more ESPN exposure, and (hopefully - aauugghh) more success in the tournament. Campus facilities, history, tradition, coaching. We'll see.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 7 months ago

but i think thornton played the closer to home card as an excuse to leave Duke......The Miami choice is even more odd given the fact Miami is in the ACC......and they will play against Duke....KU on the list was surprising but he started as a freshman 20 games so the kid can play......I think like Diallo he fell out of Coach K's favor and his minutes were cut.....He is doing his homework on where his best fit is now.....given the fact Frank will be gone ....possibly Svi and some think Graham.....Thornton could be a building block moving forward.....

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

And in Breaking News, Scott Pollard was voted off Survivor holding an immunity idol in his pocket.

Hope he didn't need the money.

Jay Scott 5 years, 7 months ago

I didn't take you for a Survivor fan.

Ralph Huge 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey Marius, why do you think adding a spoiler to Survivor on this site is a good thing?? Some of us, including myself, have that episode on the DVR and haven't had time to watch it yet. Thanks a lot for adding your "insightful" comment and spoiling the ending to the show. It'll be SO much more enjoyable for me to watch it now with your words of wisdom!

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow! Please let this be poorly written sarcasm.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Kurtis Townsend has been doing some stellar work on the recruiting trail of late.

Joseph Bullock 5 years, 7 months ago

Did you say, "of late", Marius? Townsend is one of the top (if not, the top), recruiter, in the Country!

RJ King 5 years, 7 months ago

At age 58 (Townsend), I selfishly hope he turns down any head coaching job and stays at Kansas for as many more years as he wants to coach.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 7 months ago

Very happy for Nick and his family. Hope he as a great experience there.

You are right Joseph. Kurtis was voted the top Assistant Coach in the country the year that he recruited Andrew Wiggins. He does an outstanding job because he is so genuine.

I suspect that Marius is aware of Mr. Townsend's recruiting record and was simply referring to the role Kurtis played in KU getting Josh Jackson. As I have read Marius' posts over time, he seems to be, like you, quite knowledgeable of KU basketball.

Since Thornton mentioned Kurtis by name and referred to the KU record under Bill Self, I think KU may have a legitimate shot at getting him. Like Mallory and Dale, I think that the desire to play closer to home was a little overblown to try to mask his dissatisfaction at Duke. If he comes in with a good attitude and is coachable, he would be a distinct plus for the team.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Harlan. We disagree sometimes more than disagree but never noticed you reply with personal attacks.

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