PEORIA — Bradley transfer guard Danya Kingsby has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Braves during the 2019-20 men's basketball season.
The 6-foot-1 Kingsby spent last season at LSU, which reached the NCAA Sweet 16, but did not play in a game partly because of a medical condition. The waiver enables him to forgo sitting out next season because of customary transfer rules.
"So far this summer, we’re very excited about what Danya can bring to the floor for us," said BU coach Brian Wardle. "He’s fit in effortlessly to our culture. He's very explosive off the dribble and will be a big part of our program this year."
The Milwaukee native has been fully cleared medically and will have two seasons of eligibility for the Braves.
Kingsby led Southern Idaho to the junior college national championship game in 2018, averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. He shot 47.6% from the floor and 40.2% from 3-point range.
Bradley recruited Kingsby out of high school at Arlington Country Day (Fla.), the same school where current Brave Koch Bar and past Brave Jayden Hodgson played. Wardle and his staff also recruited Kingsby out of Southern Idaho before the guard chose LSU.
All of next year's newcomers are on campus for summer school except 6-4 guard Ville Tahvanainen of Finland and 6-9 Rienk Mast of The Netherlands. Both are incoming freshmen expected to arrive in August prior to fall semester.
Those newcomers currently on campus are include five freshmen — 6-7 Stephan Gabriel of Irvington, N.J., 6-1 Antonio Thomas of Memphis, 6-2 JaMir Price of Rock Island, 6-5 Riley Burger of Fridley, Minn., and 6-4 Sean Houpt of Danville — and two Division I sit-out transfers — 6-3 Terry Nolan Jr. of George Washington and 6-2 Kevin McAdoo of Eastern Michigan. Burger and Houpt are walk-ons.
Price is taking advantage of a little-used NCAA rule allowing National Letter of Intent signees to take summer school classes and defer full-time student status at that university until the following school year. Unless a scholarship player leaves the BU program this summer and opens a roster spot, Price will play this season for a prep team in Atlanta called The Skill Factory. He will then enroll full time at Bradley as a freshman in 2020-21.
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