By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor
Should the MIAA decide to start a men’s basketball coaches’ 3-on-3 competition, Missouri Southern is in great shape.
“I hope they do,” Lions head coach Robert Corn said. “I’ll just stand in the corner and let those two guys play.”
Corn announced on Wednesday that Nick Bradford is joining his staff. He and Lions associate head coach Jeff Boschee played two years together for the Kansas Jayhawks.
“Nick is a very outgoing person,” Boschee said. “He’s a great guy to be around, a very fun person to be around. Just in the couple of years I’ve seen him coaching, he does a great job with the post players, a great job working in practice and in game situations. He’s the type that our players will immediate respect him because of where he has been and what he has done in the past.”
“We’re excited about having him,” Corn said. “He will do a good job with our big guys. He and Jeff know each other very well. There is great chemistry between them.
“First impression, I was very impressed the first time I met him. He brings the total package. He’s someone who can do a nice job for us.”
Ronnie Ressel has worked with the Lions’ big men in recent seasons, but the former associate head coach accepted the position of associate head coach under new MSSU women’s head coach Ronda Hubbard about a month ago.
Boschee, preparing for his fourth season on the Lions’ staff, has been promoted to associate head coach.
Bradford has been an assistant at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan., the past two years. He helped the Cardinals to consecutive winning seasons and consecutive 10-win conference seasons. LCC finished third in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division last season, its highest finish in more than 20 years.
Bradford, a native of Fayetteville, Ark., also has been head coach for the Kansas City Run GMC, an AAU team. His Run GMC teams have included Trevor Releford of Alabama, Travis Jorgenson of Georgia Tech and Conner Frankamp of Kansas among other Division I players.
Bradford played four years for Roy Williams at Kansas, helping the Jayhawks win three straight Big 12 titles from 1997-99. He earned the Phog Allen most valuable player award as a senior and earned All-Big 12 honors that year.
After KU, he played eight years professionally in Europe and the United States. He played for the 2002 ABA champion Kansas City Knights before going overseas for stops in France, Iceland, Finland, England and Romania.
His honors in Europe include 2005 MVP of the finals in Iceland, the 2008 all-import team in France and 2009 import player of the year in Iceland.
“I played part of a season in Iceland with him,” Boschee said. “He was quite the star in Iceland for a few years.
“He was a very successful player overseas professionally. He would come back to Lawrence, working out with Danny Manning some of the summers. He knows a lot about the game and does a good job teaching.”