CULLOWHEE, N.C.. - Bradley placed three players on this year's Missouri Valley Conference preseason all-league team, but six games into the season, senior guard Andrew Warren remains the only active member of the honored trio. Bradley head coach Jim Les today announced senior guard Sam Maniscalco (Chicago, Ill./St. Patrick H.S.) will seek a medical redshirt for the 2010-11 season due to the on-going pain in his left ankle.
Maniscalco underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery in June to remove spurring in the joint and his recovery has been slowed by a bone bruise.
"Sam is a warrior and he wants to be on the floor for his teammates," said Les. "He has given it his best effort, but we feel it is in his best interests to allow his ankle to recover completely so that he can enjoy the senior season he deserves."
Tuesday's announcement follows the Nov. 12 news that junior forward Taylor Brown would sit out this season for precautionary medical reasons.
Maniscalco is 28th on Bradley's all-time scoring list with 1,210 career points and he is The Valley's active leader with 355 career assists. He is expected to return for a fifth season in 2011-12 and will be in position to set the school and Valley records for career games played.
A second-team All-MVC pick last year and a preseason all-conference selection this fall, Maniscalco has built a reputation for making clutch plays for the Braves. Most recently, he was named The Valley's Player of the Week Nov. 22 after helping the Braves to a 3-1 record in the season's first full week. In those three wins, Maniscalco scored the late-game points that either tied the game or gave the Braves the lead for good, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 58.6 points left and three free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining in the 64-63 win Nov. 20 versus Southern California.
Bradley (4-2) will return to action tonight with a 7:00 p.m. (EST) tip at Western Carolina (3-4). The Braves will be home for Saturday night's game versus Utah in the second annual Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series, before returning to the Tar Heel State for a Dec. 8 game at defending national champion Duke.