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After three solid years at Paoli, senior Bradley Uhles’ basketball career is being extended as he has signed a letter of intent to play next to season at Hesston College, an NCJAA Division II school in Hesston, Kansas.

The 6-8 power forward has averaged a double-double, 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds, in three years as a Pug starter.

His senior season was his best averaging 21.6 points and 14.3 rebounds along with 5.8 assists per game.

He also shot 67.5 percent from two-point land and 43.7 percent from three-point land this season. Both percentages were above his previous two season at Paoli.

Those numbers caught Hesston coach Dustin Galyon’s attention and he had Uhles and his family make a 3 1/2 hour trip to Hesston to visit the campus and to work out for the second-year coach.

“It didn’t take long in his workout for us to see his talent level and skill,” Galyon said.

“We are excited about his size and work ethic. He’s going to be a great fit in our program.”

The culture shock that is felt by most kids in their first year of college probably won’t happen with Uhles. Hesston College has 450 students and the town of Hesston is smaller than Pauls Valley.

“It won’t be a culture shock for him,” Bradley’s dad David Uhles said. “We love the coach and his style of play and this is going to open doors later on for him.”

With Hesston losing six players to graduation, Galyon’s first full recruiting class is full of talent including one of the best players from Garvin County.

“Bradley was one of our top recruits,” Galyon said. “If I didn’t think he could come in and help right away, we wouldn’t have recruited him.”

With the recruits Hesston has coming in, Uhles will more than likely end up playing the 3 or 4 positions. But with the preseason workout Galyon puts his players through and the chance that Bradley could grow even more, he could end up as a 5.

“We are just excited to have him,” Galyon said. “We like his ability to catch and shoot. He will probably play a 3 or 4 for us.”

Even though Bradley has played against some of the best competition in the area — Dalen and Garan Qualls of Stratford, Joseph and Jordan Terrell of Elmore City, among others — the competition that Hesston faces is some of the best in the county.

Defending NJCAA II champ Johnson County is on the schedule along with top 10 teams Dodge City CC, Garden City CC and Seward County CC in Liberal.

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