Marcus Bradley was not supposed to play at Corona del Mar High this past boys' basketball season.
The senior moved into the area to live with his grandparents in June. He said the move away from his parents in Beaumont was for personal reasons.
Three months later, the CIF Southern Section thought Bradley's move was for personal gains on the court.
The section ruled Bradley athletically ineligible, believing the transfer to CdM, his third school in four years, was athletically motivated. Without basketball, the 6-foot-6 forward said he was unsure what he would do.
Bradley's grandfather, Jim Hauke, spoke up. Hauke, who also became Bradley's guardian, appealed the denial through the CIF State office.
Bradley is thankful grandpa had his back. The state approved Bradley's hardship appeal two months before the start of the season.
With the opportunity to play again, Bradley made the most of it. Bradley turned in the best season of any of the local players, earning him the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year award.