Year Two for Craig

Year Two for Craig

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standout Craig Bradshaw ('16) has signed a professional contract with PSK Lions of the German Bundesliga.

In his debut professional season, Bradshaw split time between the Crailsheim Merlins - where he shot 57 percent from the field in 16 games - before being transferred to Niners Chemnitz. While there, the Ridgetop, Tennessee native recorded a season-high 20 points against the RheinStars. He scored in double figures eight times.

One of the most exciting players in program history, Bradshaw scored 1,698 career points at Belmont, which ranks fifth in the Bruins' NCAA Division I era.

The 6-foot-3 guard became a Bruin fan favorite, scoring in double-figures in 87 of his final 97 games at Belmont - including a Division I era single-game school record 42 points against Ohio in the 2014-15 season.

He led Belmont to 94 victories, three conference regular season championships, two conference tournament championships, two NCAA Tournament appearances, two Postseason NIT appearances, and tournament victories in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic and Legends Classic.

In his sophomore and junior seasons, Bradshaw scored 1,099 points, which was the fourth-most nationally among returning seniors.

He was a three-time All-OVC selection and named one of the top mid-major players in America by USA Today and a national Top 100 player by CBSSports.com.

Bradshaw ranks among Belmont's career leaders in assists (328), steals (155), and three-point field goals made (249).

Moreover, Bradshaw was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, the 2014-15 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll designee.

Bradshaw is one of six former Belmont men's basketball players currently playing professionally: Ian Clark (NBA/New Orleans Pelicans), Alex Renfroe (Turkey), Kerron Johnson (Germany), Nick Smith (Germany), J.J. Mann (free agent).

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason 11 of the last 12 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only seven NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs seven consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, VCU, Wichita State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 15 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.