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Canes’ Basketball Standout Bradman Accepts Scholarship to Dean College

By January 28, 2021No Comments

Jonathan Bradman, a three-year standout in the Coral Shores basketball program, has decided to continue his basketball career at Dean College in Franklin, Mass.  Dean College is a private college of around 1300 students.  Their basketball program is considered a perineal power in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.  Bradman’s athletic grants and institutional scholarships equate to a full-scholarship or a little over $60,000 annually. 

“We are ecstatic to add a player of Jonathan’s caliber to our recruiting class” offered Dean Head Basketball Coach, Joe Cabral  “Jonathan is a long wing player that excels in transition, has the ability to pull up off the dribble and stretch the defense from deep. With a commitment to the weight room and his skill development, I’m confident he will develop into a major player for us here at Dean over the next four years.”

“I’ve been working for this roster spot my whole life” said Bradman.  “I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the future. I’m really excited about getting started on the next chapter of my life.”

Bradman went on to say, “I am so grateful to my parents for all they’ve done for me and to Coach (Jarrod) Mandozzi for the time and dedication he has given to developing me as a person and a basketball player.”

“Words can’t express how happy I am for Jonathan that he gets to fulfill his dream to continue his basketball career in college” said Mandozzi. “He has worked so hard over the years and I’m thrilled for him.  He has spent countless hours in the gym and at the park honing his skills and has overcome so many obstacles to make himself into the player that he’s become.”  

Mandozzi, who formerly coached in the GNA Conference, added, “I think it’s a great match as Dean is perfect for Jonathan and I think Jonathan is perfect for Dean.  First of all, it’s a great community and a family atmosphere up there.  They will love Jonathan and Jonathan will love the school and the coaching staff; they have outstanding staff that will help continue Jonathan’s development as a player, student, and person.  They’ve built a great program with a culture that Jonathan will fit right in with.  And in Jonathan, Dean is getting a great kid first of all, who on the court can get to the basket with either hand and finish; he handles the ball well, has a strong mid-range game and can shoot it from anywhere on the court.  I can’t wait to see what he does once he gets up there and gets acclimated to the college game.” 

I’ve enjoyed watching Jonathan’s passion for the sport of basketball along with Coach Mandozzi’s amazing commitment and mentoring of Jonathan” offered Sol Bradman, Jonathan’s grandfather and guardian.   “As long as Jonathan was willing to put the work, Coach Mandozzi was willing to help him.  If Jonathan was not home I could count on him being at the gym or the park working on his game.  I think we are all looking forward to seeing him succeed at Dean.”

“I can’t think of an athlete we’ve had who has been more committed to his sport” volunteered Coral Shores Athletic Director, Rich Russell.  “His work-ethic and dedication to basketball truly provides a great model for all our student-athletes.  Most folks don’t understand how rare these kind of scholarship packages are but Jonathan has earned every penny.  I also can’t say enough about Coach (Jarrod) Mandozzi’s work with Jonathan and our entire basketball program.  We are so blessed to have him heading things up.”

Jonathan’s 2020-2021 season stats as of 1-19-2021 

19.3 Points per game
4.4 Assists per game
5.9 rebounds per game
3.8 steals per game
56.5 field goal percentage

34.8 3-pt field goal percentage