UCR adds basketball standouts

UC Riverside has announced three men’s basketball additions for the 2009-2010 season and once again the Highlanders have tapped into neighboring San Bernardino County.

Among the three newcomers will be 6-foot-8 forward Kevin Bradshaw II, who prepped at Upland High School but is currently playing at Riverside City College. He averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds during his freshman season, and was named to the All-Tournament Team in the California JUCO State Tournament.

Reigning California state champion RCC Head Coach John Smith said Bradshaw “is the best defensive big man I’ve ever coached. I’m happy to see him go to UCR.”

Rated as the No. 9 power forward (CA) in the 2008 class by ESPNU, Bradshaw has also been tabbed a 2010 Third-Team Preseason All-American by Sporting News Magazine.

The other addidtions are guard Derrell Swanson of Lake Elsinore and wing Derek Kaster of Moreno Valley. The Highlanders recruiting class marks the first early signings for UC Riverside during the Jim Wooldridge era.