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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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Travis Bader goes undrafted, fielding free agent offers

Oakland’s Travis Bader went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night, making him a free agent.
The 6-5 guard out of Okemos now has the ability to sign with any team he chooses in hopes of making the roster come the start of the season.
“I won’t be hugely disappointed if he isn’t drafted because I know he is going to sign with somebody. If he doesn’t get drafted, he can pick and choose where he goes and find what fits best for him,” Oakland men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe said prior to the draft.
Bader finished his career at Oakland with a new NCAA record in 3-point field goals made (504) and 3-point field goal attempts (1,246). He averaged 17.2 points per game in his career and averaged over 20 points per game his last two seasons with the Grizzlies.
In his senior year, Bader averaged 20.6 points per contest and set single-season records at Oakland for 3-pointers made (147) and free throw percentage (94.3). He was a First-Team All-Horizon League selection.
“The NBA is full of great, great players and specialists. He’s a specialist. Everybody needs a shooter,” Kampe said.
Bader just recently won the Horizon League’s Cecil N. Coleman Award, which is the league’s highest individual honor. The award is given to one male and one female athlete in the Horizon League that best exemplifies the dignity and high purpose of the league and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
Bader has been busy since his career at Oakland ended, working out with Don MacLean in Los Angeles to prepare for a career in the NBA. Bader trained with the likes of Gary Harris, James Young, Glenn Robinson III and T.J. Warren, who were all selected on Thursday.
Prior to the NBA Draft, Bader had workouts with more than 10 teams and he and his agent are fielding offers from teams around the league before he makes a decision on where he will report to camp.
Bader is seeking to become the third player in Oakland’s history to play in an NBA game, joining Keith Benson and Rawle Marshall.

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