Detroit Free Press on Oakland University shooting guard Travis Bader. Golden Grizzlies head coach Greg Kampe and his staff have done a great job recruiting and of course developing players. Oakland plays Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
“We’re the only Division I school that offered him a scholarship,” Kampe said of Bader, who has started 21 of 34 games and is hitting 45.8% of his three-pointers, eighth among Division I players.
“Much of the reason was his work ethic. We’re always searching for that next (Erik) Kangas, that next (Brad) Buddenborg, and we thought he had a chance to be that, but he had to grow.”
A year of watching and growing as a redshirt last season prepared Bader for a challenge like the one No. 13 seed OU faces against No. 4 seed Texas. Three-pointers often are the difference when lower-seeded teams pull early-round upsets.
“I’m just real excited for the opportunity to play in the tournament,” Bader said. “… It’s every kid’s dream who wants to play college basketball to go to the Big Dance.”
I watched Bader in high school at Okemos and have watched him progress into a fine player. He has improved his quickness and he is fearless and the best trait is he’s a great teammate. You pull for players like Bader to do well.
Matt Calkins of the Columbian on Portland Trailblazer assistant coach Billy Bayno. I’ve known Billy a long time. I have spent a lot of time with him, he’s one of the good guys in coaching.
“The only thing I regret is not sitting down with my players and explaining it to them. They had no idea what I was going through and they thought I abandoned them. But at the time, I was trying to get healthy, and just being around them put me in a bad place,” Bayno said. “I felt like I had let them down. But if I would have just had them all over at my house and said ‘Here’s the deal — you have no idea what I’m going through. You only see me during the day. I fake it. It’s just not healthy. I can’t do it. I took the job when I really shouldn’t have’… I think, if anything, I just cared too much.”
Believe it or not, many people out there think coaching is easy. I laugh when an ignoramus states, “Oh all he does is roll the balls out.” At the college level you deal more with off the court issues than you do with x’s and o’s. Billy’s a great guy, he has found his niche, player development. He’s one of the best.
You gotta love Tom Crean, head coach at Indiana also a former assistant coach at Alma College who is sitting in studio for Tru TV or is it CBS? Crean said that “80% of Jared Sullinger’s post touches come from entry passes from Jon Diebler’s side.” That’s an amazing note. Crean’s scouting report are bible-like.
What do basketball-lifers Mario Elie, Chris Mullin, Lew Alcindor, Brendan Malone, Dick Bavetta and Len Elmore all have in common?
Speaking of Elmore, last night during the USC-VCU game the excellent analyst for Tru TV said, “you can’t beat a zone by passing it around the perimeter”. Ouch…
Why do athletes say stupid things? Bad enough, why tweet it where everyone can see? This WNBA player and former Rutgers Scarlet Knight had an awful comment about Japan. Washington Post writer Cindy Boren fills us in.
Just what did she say? In tweets that have since been deleted, she wrote: “What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes” and “u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can’t expect anything less.”
Enjoy the NCAA tournament!