Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward, averaged 0.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 3.6 minutes as a sophomore at Illinois. He will sit out next season per NCAA rules and have two years of eligibility remaining.
“I just felt comfortable with Bradley,” said Shaw, who announced he was leaving Illinois last week. “I didn’t have any intention to get it done this quick, but you just have that feeling. I like where coach (Geno) Ford is taking the program. I like the fan base. I like the school. The fact (assistant Ronald Coleman) is there also had an impact. The practice facility is off the charts.
“This feels good. I have another chance. It’s an opportunity to get better, work on my game and continue to play. It’s definitely something that’s refreshing. It’s an opportunity that not too many people get. It’s really a blessing.”
Mac Irvin Fire club coach Mike Irvin, Shaw’s former coach, was confident Shaw would excel at Bradley.
“Mike Shaw needed a change of scenery,” Irvin said. “He had a hard first year at Illinois and couldn’t get on track. There’s no doubt Mike Shaw can still be the top-100 player he was out of high school. At the end of the day, he’s still 6-8 and is versatile. He can shoot the 3, rebound. He’ll be fine at Bradley and put Bradley where it needs to be and get them to the tournament. I think he’s capable of doing that.”
Coleman was the lead recruiter on Shaw. Ford is also the brother of Illinois assistant Dustin Ford.
The Braves went 18-17 overall and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley and reached the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament this past season.