Former Utah State guard Riley Bradshaw will transfer to Montana

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It didn’t take 6-2 freshman guard Riley Bradshaw very long to realize that Utah State wasn’t the place for him, as he decided after one exhibition game (eight minutes of action) to leave the program at the end of the fall semester.

Bradshaw, one of Montana’s best high school players, decided on Saturday to transfer to Montana and the news was confirmed by on Wednesday.

Bradshaw will have to sit out a season before being eligible to play, meaning that he won’t play for the Grizzlies until December 2013. But that’s of little consequence to a player who’s simply happy to join the Montana program.

“I feel so blessed that [head] coach [Wayne] Tinkle was great about everything giving me a second chance,” Bradshaw said to Vince Bagby of  “The Griz obviously have a winning tradition going on and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Bradshaw, who was a three-time all-state selection at Corvallis (MT) High, will be able to step in and help Montana immediately in the backcourt.

The Grizzlies will lose Will Cherry after this season, opening up one starting start on the perimeter. Kareem Jamar will be a senior in 2013, and sophomores Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory will be juniors.

DeShields and Gregory will have even bigger roles than expected before the season began due to the broken foot suffered by Cherry, an injury that could keep him out until December.

Bradshaw, who has already had the opportunity to practice against a very good guard in Utah State’s Preston Medlin for a couple weeks before leaving the USU program, will be able to learn from the likes of Cherry and Jamar during his transfer season.

While Bradshaw is excited to be able to return home and be a part of his home state program, the same can be said for his family, friends and fans who watched him play in high school.

“The feedback I’ve had already has been really exciting,” said Bradshaw on taking his talents back to the Treasure State.  “Not just from my friends and family but all the people who watched me throughout high school.  It’s been great the support back home that’s what made me come back home in the first place.”

Bradshaw’s future teammates open their season on Friday night at Colorado State, one of the opening day’s match-ups of teams that reached the NCAA tournament.

h/t Big Sky Basketball

Photo credit: Utah State University

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.