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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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Travis Bader, Drew Valentine snubbed on preseason polls

Reggie Hamilton continued to receive recognition for his talents and breakthrough season a year ago when the preseason polls began to hit the presses (and web days earlier). 
Coach Greg Kampe said during Friday's media day he doesn't put much stock in to preseason prognostication, in particular the poll of league media members and coaches, which, like the others, picked Oral Roberts to win the conference. 
League personnel and media also picked IUPUI's Alex Young as the player of the year. Hamilton got first-team honors, but no other Oakland players got any recognition. 
Kampe was frustrated, wondering why Travis Bader and Drew Valentine didn't get any publicity. Kampe said if he were starting a team, he'd go with Valentine for the junior's versatility. 
“I would have voted for Drew Valentine. What can’t he do? All the things he does collectively, from guarding to his leadership — there’s a reason we’ve won a championship every season Drew Valentine has been in our program," Kampe said. 
When it came to Bader, a red-shirt sophomore, Kampe was a little more indignant. 
"Travis Bader made 94 3s in the league last year," Kampe said. "Did anyone else do that? And he’s not an all-league player? 
Bader was ninth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (44.3) in his first season.
The Mid-Major Freshman All-American said he's been improving other assets besides his well-known cannon.
"I’m trying to attack more and be more of a passer," he said. “I’m just focusing on the team."


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