Sunday will be a day to remember for Head Coach Mark Montgomery and Northern Illinois. The Huskies landed not one, but two talented, high-upside prospects out of Milwaukee. 

Homestead’s Jaylen Key was first. Following Key was his good friend and AAU teammate Levi Bradley, who together became the first two known commitments for Northern Illinois’ class of 2015.

“They were one of the first schools to offer me,” Bradley told NY2LA Sports. “They always stayed after me. They have everything I need in a program. I’m really excited to be there next year.”

Bradley chose Northern Illinois over other offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, South Dakota State, The Citadel, Davidson, Florida International, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

He had other official visits set to Wisconsin-Green Bay and Florida International, but fresh off his weekend stay in DeKalb, couldn’t hold off from committing. 

“I think Coach Montgomery almost had a heart attack,” Bradley said. “He called my parents to make sure I wasn’t rushing anything because Jalen committed. I just told him that’s where I wanted to be.”

Package deals, although highly talked about, rarely come to fruition. However, Bradley and Key were able to make it work at Northern Illinois, a program they’re equally excited to join in 2015. 

“I’m real excited,” he said. “We talked about it a lot the past couple of years. I know his game inside and out, just like he knows mine.”

Always considered to have a huge upside, Bradley saw his game reach the next level after putting together some big performances late in July. The versatile, athletic, and lengthy forward hopes to continue that growth and reach that potential that made him such a high value prospect. 

“I bring versatility,” he said. “I can play almost any position minus the point. I think I have a big upside in scoring as well.”

Bradley played with Wisconsin United during the travel season.