Josh Cunningham, five others transferring from Bradley

In the wake of a disappointing season and head coaching change, half of Bradley’s roster is transferring, Dave Reynolds of the Peoria Journal Star reported Wednesday.

Photo: Bradley Athletics
Photo: Bradley Athletics

Star freshman Josh Cunningham is the most notable of the lot.

A former top-100 recruit and Chicago native, Cunningham averaged 7.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Braves during his rookie season. The 6-foot-7 forward recorded four double-doubles on his way to earning All-Freshman Team honors in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Braves also lose starting point guard Tramique Sutherland (11.3 ppg, 3.0 apg) and reserve big men junior Nate Wells (3.0 ppg), sophomore Xzavier Taylor (2.8 ppg) and junior Jermaine Morgan (2.5 ppg).

Kendahl Amerson, a junior guard who redshirted the 2014-15 season, is also transferring. Amerson averaged 17.5 points per game two years ago at junior college.

Add in that starting forward Auston Barnes, the team’s second-best rebounder and third-best scorer, is graduating, and new coach Brian Wardle has an almost completely barren roster.

Cunningham’s departure in particular leaves a big hole. The freshman was easily Bradley’s best all-around player, and he was the young star around which former coach Geno Ford was attempting to rebuild this program.

While the loss of Sutherland hurts as well, the Braves at least have another serviceable floor general in junior Ka’Darryl Bell.

The Braves are also set to return veteran guards Warren Jones and Omari Grier as of now.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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