Ryan Bass living up to Vinnie Johnson comparison by Oakland coach Greg Kampe
Oakland junior guard Ryan Bass had nine points in Saturday’s win at Eastern Michigan, including the Golden Grizzlies’ final four points. He won the game with his pull-up jump shot with 0.9 seconds to play.
“He made those free throws and then he hit that shot, he wasn’t afraid to take it,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “We need production out of him.”
Bass had showed no hesitation in taking the shot and didn’t doubt it once it left his hands.
“Once I saw there was five seconds left, I made up my mind to take the shot,” he said.
Kampe has compared Bass to former Pistons Bad Boy Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson, for his quick bursts of scoring. Johnson famously hit the series-winning shot for the Pistons in the 1990 NBA Finals with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. Bass took a history lesson in the offseason.
“I watched a lot of film on him this summer to see what things of his game I can incorporate,” Bass said. “He knows how to get low and get around defenders and pull up for the nice 15 or 17-foot jump shot.”
Bass could also be seen diving for multiple loose balls Saturday, including one instance where he left the court entirely, skidding on the paved cement surface at Eastern Michigan’s Convocation Center.
“That’s what my game is built for,” he said. “A lot of guys build their games off flash. We have a tradition here at Oakland. You have to work hard and put your nose on the line.”