Bald’s brother joins Catamounts

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Brad Bald will join his younger brother Brendan Bald on the University of Vermont men’s basketball team next season, UVM coach Mike Lonergan confirmed Tuesday night after the Catamounts defeated Hartford.

Brad Bald is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward who transferred from University of North Carolina-Wilmington and recently enrolled at UVM.

Brendan Bald is a freshman on UVM’s team, an athletic guard who was averaging 9.2 minutes and 2.7 points prior to Tuesday’s game. The brothers are from Severna Park, Md.

Brad Bald joined UNC-Wilmington’s basketball team — a member of the Colonial Athletic Association — in 2008, missing most of his freshman season with lung ailments, according to a report in the Wilmington Star News.

“He had some health issues down there and decided to leave, so he hasn’t played in over a year,” Lonergan said. “But he’s been cleared physically and hopefully his health problems are behind him.

“We’re excited about him joining our team as a walk-on.”

Brad Bald began taking classes at UVM on Tuesday and intends to practice with the Catamounts this season. After he sits out one year because of NCAA transfer policies, he will be eligible to play in games in late December. Lonergan said he has 2 1/2 years of eligibility as a Catamount.

“I’m sure he’ll appeal for a hardship waiver because the medical condition he had,” Lonergan said. “I would hope the NCAA would give him three years after next year, which would be 3 1/2 years (eligibility). He’s got a bright future in front of him. Hopefully he’ll start practicing with us this week. Should be a good addition to our program.”

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