Mildenhall Resident and County Upper Basketball Academy Alumni Bradley Day helps DMACC reach the last 16 of the NJCAA D2 National Finals, but was denied a chance to compete for the National Championship due to COVID – 19.
Bradley Day came to County Upper in 2016 and was a part of the Wolves until 2019, before signing with Des Moines Are Community College, more comonly known as DMACC. During Day’s time at the County Upper Academy, he was a part of the Elite 8 Team back in 2017, and also contributed to County Uppers final 4 team in 2018; which unfortunately fell just short of the National final on the buzzer.
During this years regular season at DMACC, the team finished the regular season with a college record of 29 wins and only 4 losses! Consequently, DMACC were deservingly ranked as the 5th best team in the country. The glory doesn’t stop there, as Day’s team also made the last 16 in the National Championships by winning their region 11 tournament. Day also aided DMACC’s victories against the 10th nationally ranked team, Iowa Lakes, in the region 11 tournament semi-finals (83-68), and also 12th nationally ranked NIACC in the region 11 Tournament Finals, beating them 82-80. As a result of this, DMACC were selected as the #2 seed going into the National Championships of 2020; DMACC last made it to a National Championship when fellow County Upper Alumni, Elliott Defreatas, played for DMACC back in 2015. Now, DMACC have won the ICCAC Championship 5 times since 2000, with 4 of these wins including County Upper Alumni- Coach Johnson and Elliott Defreitas join Bradley in this success.
“It is always great to see players who have come through the County Upper Academy become successful after their time with us especially on the basketball court,” Said Coach Johnson. “Having been a part a team which won DMACC’s first ever ICCAC Championship in 2000, it’s always special to see players I have coached, like Elliott and now Bradley, making it into the National Tournament and continuing the winning legacy at DMACC, which I was fortunate to have helped start back in 2000. To have three County Upper Alumni be apart of 4 of the 5 ICCAC Championships and 3 of the 5 National Championship appearance’s is quite special”
Despite this not taking place due to COVID-19, Bradley Day and his team are still well deserved Champions. I would say Day is definitely doing County Upper proud, even half way across the world in the United Sates of America!