PEORIA, Ill. – While Bradley will shoot for its third 4-0 start in the last 28 years Friday night, the Braves have briefly turned their attention to the 2014-15 campaign by announcing junior college point guard Tramique Sutherland and high school forward Donte Thomas have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Bradley University and play for the Braves next season.
Sutherland is a 5-foot-11 point guard from Toronto, Ontario (Fr. Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School) who will transfer to Bradley from Hill (Texas) College with two years of remaining eligibility. Thomas is a 6-foot-6 wing player from Calumet City, Ill. (Thornwood High School) and he will join the Braves as a freshman with four years of eligibility.
Sutherland enjoyed an impressive freshman season at Hill College, where he earned first-team all-conference honors last year by averaging 10.7 points, 6.7 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. He has helped the Rebels to a 4-1 start this season by averaging 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The 5-foot-11 point guard has flirted with four triple-doubles in the first five games: 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the season-opener; 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists the next day; 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Nov. 5; and 20 points, eight rebounds and nine assists Nov. 8.
A three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) growing up, Thomas focused on basketball after his high school growth spurt. A versatile athlete on the court, Thomas averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots during his junior season at Thornwood High School last winter, when he earned first-team all-area honors from the Northwest Indiana Times, as well as all-conference honors in the Southwest Suburban Conference Red.
Bradley will lose three scholarship seniors from the 2013-14 squad – point guard Walt Lemon Jr., power forward Tyshon Pickett and center Jordan Prosser – leaving the Braves with one available scholarship in this recruiting cycle.
The Braves (3-0) have started the season with three straight wins for the fourth consecutive year, but will be shooting for just their third 4-0 start since 1985-86 when they host Chicago State (2-1) Friday night at Carver Arena in the third round of the Global Sports Invitational.
Friday’s game will be the first half of a Bradley Basketball doubleheader at Carver Arena as the Bradley women will host Stony Brook immediately following the 7 p.m. men’s game. Tickets will be good for admission to both games and fans may take advantage of group ticket pricing ($4 or $8 based on location) through Bradley’s Social Media Savings: purchases must be made in advance at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office in Renaissance Coliseum by showing they “Like” the Bradley Athletics Facebook page or “Follow” the @BradleyBraves Twitter account.
2013-14 Bradley Basketball Early Signings
|Player||Pos.||Yr.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High School||Previous School|
|Tramique Sutherland||G||Jr.||5-11||175||Toronto, Ont.||Fr. Carr Secondary||Hill College|
|Donte Thomas||F||Fr.||6-6||205||Calumet City, Ill.||Thornwood||Thornwood H.S.|
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