Bradberry leaving Wolverines for Park

Paul Battson/contributorIn this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, sophomore Jalen Bradberry goes up for a layup for Niagara Falls during a game against the Park Pioneers at the annual Cataract Classic. Bradberry is transferring from NFHS to Park, he announced Thursday.

Jalen Bradberry is adding another jersey to his closet.

The Niagara Falls native will transfer from Niagara Falls High School to private power The Park School for his junior year, he announced Thursday on Twitter.

It will be Bradberry's fourth school in four years. After breaking into varsity as an eighth grader at Niagara Wheatfield, he led Niagara Catholic to New York State's Catholic High School Athletic Association Class B championship. When Catholic closed, Bradberry jumped over to Niagara Falls, where he helped the Wolverines advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals for the first time in a decade.

Park has become Western New York's preeminent basketball program over the past few years under Niagara Falls natives Mike Battaglia and Rich Jacob. Jacob, the current coach, led the Pioneers to a 25-3 record and the Monsignor Martin and CHSAA Class A championships last winter. Their season ended with a loss in NYS's Class A Federation title game. They won the Federation title in 2018.

Park is looking to reload, replacing four seniors from last year's team. Gone is star guard Noah Hutchins, who turned down a plethora of college offers to prep next season at Florida's IMG Academy.

Bradberry will certainly help. The 6-foot-3 guard is already a 1,000-point scorer and set the NFHS record with 11 3-pointers during a 40-point game last season. He's received five Division I scholarship offers, most recently from Buffalo and Siena.

The loss will certainly hurt Niagara Falls' chances of returning to states next season. Bradberry is the fifth player from last year's team to leave, joining graduated seniors Josiah Harris, Moran Montgomery, Jaden Turner and Naim Bradley. The Wolverines also lost longtime coach Sal Constantino, who stepped down in March due to harassment from the community.