Bradin Nelson

Bradin Nelson etched his college basketball and academic plans last week, signing with the University of Tennessee Southern Firehawks.

Bradin Nelson made it official Tuesday afternoon in a signing ceremony at Lyon County High School that he will continue his academic and basketball career at the University of Tennessee Southern.

After being forced to sit out the majority of his senior season by a KHSAA transfer rule, Nelson was uncertain about his opportunities to play at the collegiate level. While the Lyons did end their season at Rupp Arena in the Elite Eight, Nelson was only on the court for six postseason games, limiting his exposure to college recruits.

When asked about his senior season, Nelson still smiled and reflected on his learning experience on the sidelines.

“It was a good season,” he said. “I got to build a lot of relationships and be a part of this great community. I was kind of even coaching on the sideline (the freshman guys). It was a good season.”

Nelson’s positive attitude towards adversity has been something many have noticed above all. He was awarded the Larry Conley Ultimate teammate award during the Lyons postseason run at Rupp Arena as well as the Tiffany Shemwell Clayton Perseverance Award and the Lyon County Teammate Award at the Winter Sports Banquet earlier this month.

“It’s a great fit for me and my family. The distance (from home), the size of the school, and the basketball program in general is definitely what I was looking for,” Nelson said.

Nelson says he plans to major in finance and become a financial advisor.

University of Tennessee Southern is a NAIA school located in Pulaski Tennessee that competes in the Mid-South Conference.