Former Emery High, BYU and NBA basketball player Shawn Bradley released a statement Wednesday through the Dallas Mavericks organization indicating he was struck by a car on Jan. 20 while riding his bicycle in St. George near his home, resulting in him becoming paralyzed.
The 7-foot-6 Bradley, now 48, was a McDonald’s All-American in 1990 before going to BYU, where he led the nation in blocked shots as a freshman. He then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia.
Instead of playing more for BYU upon his return, he entered the 1993 NBA draft and was taken second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers behind Chris Webber. During his 12-year NBA career he played for three teams: Philadelphia, New Jersey and Dallas.
His final 81⁄2 seasons were spent in Dallas, and for his career, he ended up averaging 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
After his playing days, he moved to Utah and worked for a number of years at West Ridge Academy, a youth residential treatment center in West Jordan.