Former Virginia Commonwealth University starter and current professional basketball player Bradford Burgess returns to his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach for the Benedictine College Preparatory Cadets.
He decided to use this time off to bring his professional IQ and expertise to the Benedictine basketball program. “While I’m here I want to make everyone better.” said Burgess."Burgess brings a wealth of experience because he played highly on every level," said BCP basketball head coach Robert Churchwell III. "He is a high character young man and we are fortunate to have him!"
In high school, Burgess was a three-star athlete for Benedictine and the Boo Williams AAU program. He helped lead the Cadets to back-to-back VISAA Division 1 State Championships alongside current NBA forward Ed Davis in 2007 and 2008. Burgess received All-State and All-Metro rewards as well as a McDonald's All-American invite during his senior campaign.
Burgess became an instant fan favorite at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a freshman Burgess became the first freshman to start every game since Nick George in 2002-03. During the same year he inherited the nickname "Big Shot Brad" after drilling clutch three pointers in victories over in-state rivals, James Madison and Richmond. Through his final three years at VCU Burgess received rewards such as the 2011 Southwest Regional All-Tournament Team and 2009 CAA All-Rookie Team selections. His elite performances, which included guiding his team to major success in the NCAA Tournament, opened a door for him to play professionally after his next three years as a Ram. So he decided to take a chance and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. While the NBA was tough to crack, Burgess was blessed with the opportunity to sign with the Leuven Bears of Basketball League Belgium.
Burgess has had an amazing career professionally during his first few years but he is currently out of action with a minor injury.
He decided to use this time off to bring his professional IQ and expertise to the Benedictine basketball program. "While I'm here I want to make everyone better." said Burgess.
The Benedictine College Prep Cadets are hoping for a basketball State Championship title this year with the additional help of Bradford Burgess.