Bradford, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard, was named the Tennessee Class A Mr. Basketball winner and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee this past season. He averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this past year, shooting 54 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, on his way to being named first-team all-state.
In 2013, Bradford led the Vikings to a state championship and was an all-tournament selection, and this year he was the All-District 14-A and All-Region 7-A MVP. He chose the Bucs after considering programs such as Murray State, Butler and Southeast Missouri State.
“We’re really excited to have Desonta joining our program,” Bartow said. “The first thing we loved about him was the kind of person he is – kind, humble and polite. He’s the kind of person we want in our program. On the floor, he’s a phenomenal basketball player and just super athletic. He’s got a great pace and feel for the game, and he has an exceptional basketball IQ. He’s also a great passer and maybe sometimes a little too unselfish, because he’s such a good scorer. For instance, last year he averaged nearly 22 points a game and it could have been a lot more.”
Bradford said his visit to ETSU’s campus during the recruiting process was the key to his decision.
“My visit to campus was the difference for me, just getting to meet the guys, the coaching staff, and even the president of the university,” Bradford said. “As soon as I stepped onto campus, it felt like the place I wanted to be. I felt comfortable here. Now I’m looking forward to coming to ETSU, having fun, doing what I need to do on the basketball floor and in the classroom, and getting my degree.”
Bradford is the second signee in the Bucs’ 2014-15 class, joining Hargrave Military Academy post player Karl Overstreet (Lynchburg, Va.), who signed in November of 2013.
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