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Ex-Niagara Catholic star Jalen Bradberry transfers to Niagara Falls

Carlos Bradberry has told The Buffalo News that his son, former Niagara Catholic basketball star freshman Jalen, will attend Niagara Falls High School.

Bradberry's transfer is out of necessity since the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced last month that it was closing Niagara Catholic.

Jalen Bradberry earned fourth-team All-Western New York honors last winter following a freshman season in which he helped the Patriots win the Manhattan Cup Class B championship. It was Niagara Catholic's first Manhattan Cup title in any classification in more than 50 years – dating back to their days as Bishop Duffy.

The 6-foot-1 Bradberry averaged 20.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He averaged 24.5 points per game during the Manhattan Cup playoffs, scoring a game-high 27 in the final against Cardinal O'Hara en route to earning Cup Class B Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

A message has been left with Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino.

Carlos Bradberry said the family considered just two schools.

"Basically it was down to St. Joe's and the Falls," Carlos Bradberry said. "He really likes (St. Joe's coach) Gabe (Michael) and I thought that could've been a great spot. But at the end of the day he's a Niagara Falls kid and that's where he wanted to be. I left it all to him. … He wanted to play with the kids he grew up with.

"With Niagara Catholic closing he had to find somewhere. Those were the only two schools we thought of."

The Bradberrys know Michael via basketball camps Jalen has attended.

Niagara Falls will be the third school in as many seasons for Bradberry. He played varsity as an eighth-grader at Niagara Wheatfield when he lived in Wheatfield. He moved to Niagara Falls once deciding to attend Niagara Catholic for high school.

Carlos Bradberry, the 1993 Buffalo News Allen Wilson Player of the Year, starred at LaSalle High School, which closed its doors in 2000 along with old Niagara Falls High School to form the current Niagara Falls High.

The Wolverines have won three straight Section VI Class AA championships.

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