McKinley Bradshaw, Lady Eagle, signed with UW Cowgirl basketball

McKinley Bradshaw, center, signs her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Wyoming Cowgirls. She is flanked by her mother and father, Kristin and Clint Bradshaw. COURTESY PHOTO/LHS Activities

Dream come true – “I always wanted to play college basketball.” –McKinley Bradshaw

LYMAN — McKinley Bradshaw, a 3-year Lyman Lady Eagle starter for basketball, inked her decision to play basketball at UW as a Wyoming Cowgirl earlier this month.

Bradshaw had decided the University of Wyoming was a good fit back in April when she made her verbal commitment and decided UW was where she wanted to be able to continue her basketball career. This decision was made official at Lyman High School on Nov. 15, when she signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for UW.

Bradshaw has been a terrific force for the Lyman Eagles in her first three years of high school. She has been a top 3-peat performer – basketball, volleyball and track – for the Lady Eagles, helping the Lady Eagles to score wins and be a power in the conference and statewide. But, according to Bradshaw Tuesday morning, “Basketball has always been my favorite. I didn’t really like volleyball until I got to paying in high school. Then I liked volleyball.”

Asked if playing college ball was a dream come true, Bradshaw responded, “I’m super excited, and hope I do well,” Bradshaw said Tuesday with a big smile during the interview at Lyman High School. “I always wanted to play college basketball.”

“I just want to say thank you to the University of Wyoming for giving me a chance,” Bradshaw added.

LHS head coach Jason Hansen said, “This is very exciting. I have been coaching for 17 years and never had anyone go to Division 1 basketball right out of high school…Probably only a handful out of the state of Wyoming will go to Division 1 this year (just out of high school). For a small school like Lyman, we’ve had great records all three years.” Hansen also praised Bradshaw for her “great leadership and great attitude.”

All State Honors in the first three years of her high school basketball career and will prove to be a power for the Lady Eagles during this year’s season.

She was named the Star Tribune Player of the Year both as a sophomore and junior. Bradshaw was also named the 2017-18 Wyoming Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year in March. The 5-foot-11 junior guard/forward led the Eagles to a 22-3 record and the Class 3A state quarterfinals last season in which the Lady Eagles took fourth, bringing home their fourth state trophy in four years.

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