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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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Travis Bader finding rhythm and more minutes off the bench

Oakland sophomore guard Travis Bader has been coming off the bench for the past five games. The moves seems to have helped him find a rhythm, as he's shooting 45 percent from 3-point range over the past six games. He’s even getting more minutes off the bench than he was as a starter, averaging 14.5 points per game in his last four outings.
“He had a tremendous freshman year where all he had to do was stand and shoot because all the emphasis was on (Keith) Benson and (Will) Hudson,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said Tuesday on WXOU’s “The Greg Kampe Show.” “Now, we have to run him off screens. We have to run sets. It’s a whole learning process for him. Since we took him out of the starting lineup, he’s been really good.”
Bader is already ninth in program history with 153 3s made. He’s played at least 35 minutes in each of the past four games.
Kampe said he won’t return Bader to the starting lineup Thursday against South Dakota State, but expects him in the starting rotation at some point this season.
“He’s a guy we have to have on the floor because he stretches the defense when they guard him,” Kampe said.
Bader was 4 of 8 Saturday, as Oakland connected on a season-high 15 3s.
While it may have gotten more difficult for Bader to find an open look, his aim is still deadly.
“Bader isn’t shooting the 3 as well as he was last year, but if you back off and let him shoot it, he will kill you,” Kampe said.

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