Former five-star prospect Jaden Bradley made a lot more believers in Tommy Lloyd on Wednesday.
The former Alabama guard who earned All-SEC freshman first-team honors has announced his transfer to Arizona.
Lloyd was scrutinized by some Arizona fans after he was unable to land Creighton transfer Ryan Nembhard, who was rumored at first to be headed to Tucson before landing at Gonzaga (where Lloyd coached Nembhard’s brother Andrew).
“Arizona recruited me the first time around,” Bradley told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. “I am familiar with their staff and fast pace style of play. They run, they guard and move the ball. Coach Lloyd is an upbeat and energetic guy who is heavy on player development. He is on the court with his guys outside of practice,”
Bradley, a native of Rochester, N.Y. who is 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, played high school basketball at IMG (Fla.) Academy.
He was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American who went on to average 6.4 points per game this season while playing 19.8 minutes a game in 37 games. He scored a season-high 18 points against Gonzaga in the Crimson Tide’s loss at Spokane, Wash.
“We are excited to have Jaden and his family join our program,” Lloyd said in a statement. “He had an outstanding freshman season for one of the top teams in the country. We know that as he continues to grow his game, he can really make an impact on our program to help make everyone around him better.”
Bradley started the season in coach Nate Oaks’ rotation and made the starting lineup 22 times but was mostly used off the bench late in the season when the Crimson Tide made a run to the Sweet 16.
Bradley, who figures to get ample playing time with Kerr Kriisa transferring to West Virginia and Courtney Ramey exhausting his eligibility, will have a reunion with Alabama’s players and coaches on Dec. 20 when the Crimson Tide travels to Phoenix to play the Wildcats at the Footprint Center.