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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bader showing his buoyancy

It’s well known by now that redshirt freshman Travis Bader gets most of his points from beyond the arc (he's takes the vast majority of his shots from there), as he shoots better from 3 than he does inside the arc.

What’s been as impressive as his ability to step into the starting lineup in his first game has been Bader’s wherewithal to recover from an off-night. He hasn’t had too many, but his resiliency was on display against South Dakota State, where he scored 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range two nights after going 0 for 8 from the floor.

“It was just an off-night,” Bader said. “Everybody has those. I just couldn’t find the hoop. I just went in the gym the next day and didn’t really think about the previous game. I didn’t want it to get in my head or anything. I just went about it like any other day of practice.”

He followed that up with a 15-point outing Thursday against UMKC and had two 3s against Southern Utah Saturday.

Bader, who started the season opener at West Virginia because two teammates missed the bus, is averaging more than 25 minutes per game.

“I didn’t expect my role to be this big coming in to the beginning of the season,” Bader said. “Now that it is, I’m just trying to work hard and do whatever I can for the team.”

He scored 15 at West Virginia, becoming the first Oakland player to reach double figures in their debut since Erik Kangas in 2005. Kangas, one of the program’s most noted scorers, is the player Bader is most often compared to. Bader is already ahead of where Kangas was at this point and time will tell if he can get to where Kangas ended up.

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