LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – On Thursday, NM State men’s head basketball coach Greg Heiar revealed his first signee of the Aggies’ 2022-23 class.

The first signee of the Heiar coaching era is Doctor Bradley, a sophomore forward who played at Salt Lake Community College last season. He is currently rated as the 16th-best JuCo recruit in the nation.

The 6-foot-8 forward was a key player in the nation’s top ranked NJCAA Division I basketball program last season. Bradley averaged 13.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 20.7 minutes per game in all of his 37 outings for the Bruins.

Heiar got a good look at Bradley last season when Heiar’s Northwest Florida State team matched up with the Bruins in the 2022 NJCAA Division I National Championship game. The 10th-seeded Raiders defeated No. 1 Salt Lake (UT) by a score of 83-67.

The junior college star caught the eye of Heiar after his play last season and left a good impression.

“The Doc” is a tremendous basketball player and an even better person. His mixture of length, skill and athletic ability will be on full display in the Pan Am Center beginning next season,” said Heiar. “He brings a consistent work ethic, a passion to win and an electric, energetic personality to Aggie Nation. His versatility and intelligence will allow us to play him all over the court on both ends of the floor. Aggie fans are going to love this impressive young man.”

Heiar will continue to build his squad up for the upcoming season after a number of players that were on New Mexico State’s 2021-22 team entered the NCAA Transfer Portal since Heiar’s took the head coaching job late March.

That long list was added to on Thursday, as guard Virshon Cotton entered the portal. Cotton played in just 13 games in 2021-22, but averaged 4.2 points per game.

Guards Nate Pryor, Jabari Rice, Levar Williams, Mario McKinney Jr. and forward Will McNair Jr. have all also entered the portal.

Chi Chi Avery, Kiran Oliver and Mike Peake have all committed to playing for Heiar in 2022-23.

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