Okemos Grad Sets NCAA Shooting Record
Photo By: Jose Juarez-Oakland Athletics photographer
Oakland University Senior Guard and Okemos High School graduate Travis Bader set the NCAA Division 1 3-point shooting record Sunday against UW-Milwaukee. Bader came into Sunday's game with 455 career three-point buckets, two shy of Duke's J.J Redick record 457 set in 2006. Bader finished the game with 21 points on 5 of 7 shooting from behind the arc. His new record stands at 461 three-pointers made. With seven regular season games left, plus whatever games the Grizzlies play in the Horizon League Tournament, that number is sure to grow even bigger. Oakland (9-15) hosts Sexton grad Bryn Forbes and Cleveland State (15-9) Thursday at Oakland's O-Rena.I've been a fan of our local high school sports my entire life. Many of you know that I have done some play-by-play broadcasting for local football and basketball games over the past 12 years. In that time, I have seen some great games featuring great local players. I've beaten the drum to encourage Mid-Michiganders to get out and see some of this unbelieveable talent our area has produced over the years. Currently, there are 9 locals playing Division 1 Basketball around the country. Here's a look at who, and what they're up to...
Lansing Eastern grad LaDontae Henton is in his junior year at Providence. Henton has averaged 36 minutes per game in his three seasons. He is averaging 14 points and just over 7 rebounds per game this season for The Friars. Providence is 16-6 on the season, 6-3 in the Big East. Henton scored his 1000th point at Providence this past November.
Lansing Sexton's Denzel Valentine continues to get lots of playing time, too, in his sophomore season at Michigan State. In his 28.5 minutes per game this year, Valentine is averaging 7.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. His 82 assists on the season (3.7 per game) is second on the team, behind Keith Appling's 102. MSU is 19-2 on the season, 8-1 in Big Ten play.
Also playing for MSU is Eaton Rapids grad Alex Gauna. Gauna has seen his playing time increase this season as MSU's frontcourt battles injuries to Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. He has been counted on to spell some minutes along with Sophomore Matt Costello and Redshirt Freshman Kenny Kaminski. This season Gauna is averaging 8.3 minutes per game, compiling 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Grand Ledge alumnus Jon Horford has also seen a dramatic increase in his playing time this year for the Michigan Wolverines. Horford, a Redshirt Junior, has been counted on, along with Senior Jordan Morgan, to fill the void left by an injury to Preseason All-American Mitch McGary. Horford is averaging 5.0 points and 4.85 rebounds per game this season, while playing just under 15 minutes per game. Michigan is 16-5 on the season, 8-1 in Big Ten.
Anthony "Sap" Clemmons, from Lansing Sexton, is in his sophomore season at Iowa. Clemmons has played in all 60 games he's been at Iowa for, including 13 starts last season as a freshman. The Hawkeye guard is averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 assists per game in 14.5 minutes per game this season. Iowa is 17-5 on the season, 6-3 in Big Ten play.
After being named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year as a Freshman, Lansing Sexton's Bryn Forbes is picking up where he left off as a Sophomore at Cleveland State. Forbes has started all 24 games this season for The Vikings, averaging a whopping 34.5 minutes per game and leads his team in scoring, averaging 16.6 per game. Forbes is also averaging 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. CSU is 15-9 on the season, 6-3 in the Horizon.
Holt's Cole Darling is in his Senior season at Wright State. Darling is averaging 17.8 minutes per game, scoring 7.3 per game and grabbing 3.5 rebounds per game. The Raiders are 13-12 on the season, 5-5 in Horizon League play.
After one year at Kingdom Prep Academy in Iowa, Lansing Catholic graduate Steve Repichowski played his way to the D-1 level at Tulsa. In his first season with the Golden Hurricanes, Repichowski is averaging 2.6 points per game in his 5.4 minutes per game. Tulsa is 10-11 on the season, 5-2 in Conference USA.