PEORIA, Ill. - The Bradley Basketball program completed its 2012 recruiting class Friday afternoon when Florida Atlantic freshman Omari Grier returned his signed financial aid agreement. A 6-foot-4 guard from Erial, N.J., Grier will sit out the 2012-13 season under NCAA transfer rules, then will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Braves beginning with the 2013-14 season.
"We are really excited to add Omari to our program," said Bradley head coach Geno Ford. "He is an exceptional kid who has enjoyed success in the classroom and at the Division I level already. Omari has shown explosive offensive ability this season and we are very excited to welcome him to our basketball family."
Grier is the fourth player in Bradley's 2012 recruiting class, joining fellow NCAA Division I transfer Anthony Fields (Wake Forest), as well as incoming freshman Ka'Darryl Bell and junior college transfer Tyshon Pickett.
Grier played in 25 games as a freshman at Florida Atlantic in 2011-12, including three starts, and averaged 6.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists in his 14.2 minutes per game. He shot a team-best 40.8 percent from 3-point range and finished third on the team with 40 3-pointers (1.6 treys per game). In a 93-90, double-overtime loss Dec. 17 at Miami-Florida, Grier drained a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to force the first overtime period, then buried another trey with 33 seconds left in the first extra session to send the game to a second overtime.
Off the court, Grier was a pre-business major at Florida Atlantic and has written two full screenplays.
The son of Raymond and Karen Grier, Omari was born in Statford, N.J., and attended Episcopal Academy, where he scored more than 1,000 career points. After averaging 20 points per game as a senior in 2009-10, Grier attended Maine Central Institute in 2010-11, when he averaged 13.9 points per game and helped his prep school to the New England Prep League title.