Huskies receive re-commitment

It wasn't how Derrick Bradley envisioned his career as a Husky would start out. After initially believing he had been cleared to enroll at Washington last fall, two events occurred to change a path he seemed to be destined on since his days at Kamiak High in Mukilteo.

After attending a couple of fall practices, a re-occurring shoulder problem flared up that put him in a redshirt. And then the NCAA Clearinghouse, which had initially cleared Derrick to enroll, changed their tune and deemed him a partial qualifier. "I was there for about a week, but then Coach (Keith) Gilbertson told me that they didn't want me to get charged so we're going to send you home, so that was OK by me," Derrick told A similar situation happened with Husky signee Adam Tate, who eventually ended up playing at the University of Utah.

"The NCAA kept saying I was still eligible, but for some reason it just kept hanging over my head and they wouldn't contact me about it, so I wrote them a hand-written letter asking what was going on. Well, they told me that I could re-enroll in August and I'll have to live in the dorms for a year and I'll have to sit out one year. If I graduate in four years I'll get my fifth year back."

Juan Garcia is Washington's partial qualifier for the 2003 season, and Pac-10 rules only allow four partial qualifiers for all their member institutions at any one time. Because Terry Johnson is leaving school, a spot will open for Bradley this coming fall.

As such, Derrick is a recruitable athlete, but he hasn't received any calls from any other schools or coaches besides Washington. What would he do if they did call? "Probably nothing," Bradley said with a laugh. And how about another official visit? "They (UW) offered it, but I told him that I'd already did it once so I didn't need to do it again. It was fun, but I don't need to go through it again."

Bradley plans on signing a letter of intent again in February with the rest of the high school seniors and JUCO players planning on attending college in August.

Derrick's shoulder surgery was a success. "Everything is fine now," he said. "They thought it might take up to six months, but it's been three months and it's healthy."

Bradley has had a couple of months to think about his future, and it's clear to him how things will go. "This year it was hard," he said when asked about sitting out. "Next year I'll probably be used to it, and I'll get to practice so that's another step. I'm feeling good about it.

"I'll just get a job and work out, try to get faster and bigger." Top Stories