Shaw, who stands at 6-foot-8, spent two seasons at Illinois and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Braves. Shaw was a one-time top 100 prospect, so if he can finally click and settle in at Bradley, the Braves may be getting a huge pick-up.
A source says former Illinois player Mike Shaw is headed to Bradley.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) April 3, 2013
The turnaround involving Shaw’s decision to transfer and find a new home was rather quick. It was just last week when news initially broke of his desire to leave the Illini program.
Shaw played under Bruce Weber during his freshman season at Illinois, but spent this past season under John Groce who took over after Weber’s dismissal. Therefore, Shaw will be playing for his third coach in three years upon his transfer to Bradley.
As a sophomore, Shaw averaged 0.9 points in just over three minutes of action per game.
Shaw now faces a redshirt season per NCAA rules on transfers, which will have him on the bench for the 2013-14 season, unless he is able to get a waiver.
Bradley was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the CIT Tournament and the Braves have not made the NCAA Tournament since their Sweet 16 run back in 2006. That year represents the program’s only berth within the Big Dance since 1996.
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