Bradley handled its first responsibility for the 2021-22 season Monday with a verbal vow from 6-foot-2 gatekeeper Connor Hickman of Bloomington (Ind.) South Secondary School.
Hickman, who will be a senior this fall at Bloomington South, got offers from Furman, Ball State, Toledo, Evansville, Wofford and Elon and visited Elon, Evansville and Furman.
“They all had extraordinary grounds,” Hickman said. “In any case, none of them addressed me like Bradley did.”
Hickman found the middle value of 15 focuses, four bounce back and three helps for Bloomington South, shooting 40% on 3s and almost 90% from the free-toss line.
He visited Bradley twice the previous winter, taking in the Conquers’ 72-61 win over Indiana State on Feb. 12 at Carver Field.
“They had a decent group on a Sunday so it shows how significant Bradley is to the network,” he said. “It’s a standout amongst other training staffs all around at the mid-significant level. Only an extraordinary gathering of folks who have the best thing going. With them and the players they have and those coming in, it’s the best fit for me.”
Hickman plays for amazing mentor J.R. Holmes, who turned into the territory of Indiana’s unequaled best mentor in 2019. The group completed 26-0 last season before the Coronavirus cut off their year during the postseason competition. Bloomington South was the main undefeated group in Indiana.
“Connor played in a group a year ago that had a point watch who’s going to West Point (Noah Jager) and Mr. B-ball (Anthony Leal) who’s going to IU,” Holmes said. “Also, Connor was our best player in a great deal of games. On the off chance that we hadn’t had COVID-19 (dropping postseason and AAU ball), (greater) schools may have been after him. I had calls from schools like Clemson and Indiana who didn’t get an opportunity to consider him to be a lot. He’s a great catch for Bradley.”
BU collaborator mentor Drew Adams additionally played for Holmes at Bloomington South. Adams’ dad, Imprint, additionally instructed Hickman for the Indiana World class AAU group.
“Mentor Adams was a huge factor in my choice,” Hickman said. “He’s an extraordinary person, he realizes my mentors well and his father mentors me in AAU.”
At present, Bradley has one grant left to give for the 2021-22 season.
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