Travis Bader, 6' 5.5, Shooting Guard, Oakland
24 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 8-14 FG, 4-6 3P
Oakland sharp-shooter Travis Bader stole the show on Thursday, going for 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 4-of-6 from three, including a four-point play. Bader proved why he's one of the top 3-point shooters in the country (39.9% on 4.6-of-11.6 per 40 as a senior), making both spot up jumpers and threes on the move. At 6' 5.5 with a quick release, Bader is able to get his shot off with a hand in his face, sporting excellent mechanics and a smooth release.
Bader makes his living running off of screens (42.7% of his possessions and 1.24 PPP this season) as he's able to get his feet under him and elevate before his defender can get a hand in his face. In Wednesday's game he knocked down a spot-up three, a transition corner three, a three coming off of a screen out of an underneath out of bounds set, and a triple out of a dribble handoff set. While he's good on the move, Bader isn't nearly as effective shooting off the dribble (0.7 PPP). He doesn't get great separation and isn't all that comfortable making plays with the ball in his hands after one or two dribbles.
On Wednesday he scored a few buckets in the paint including one off of a cut to the rim and another off of a baseline drive where he switched to his left hand in mid-air and finished, but Bader isn't going to make his money in the paint. He made only 14 non-jump shots in the half court as a senior (on 44 attempts) and shot an incredibly poor 29.0% from 2-point range. He's not looking to get all the way to the rim and lacks the explosiveness to do so, at the college level and certainly in the pros.
On the defensive end, the wiry wing, while showing great effort, isn't a lockdown defender by any means. He is willing to compete, evident when he worked hard to front the post and picked up a steal on Wednesday, but lacks the strength and length (6' 5 wingspan) to contain penetration consistently. While not a bad athlete, he's a bit behind the eight-ball with his average physical tools.
Bader certainly has the shooting stroke to be a specialist at the professional level. His ability to shoot coming off of screens and dribble hand offs is an intriguing skill in a game full of quick actions. With that said, Bader's lack of defensive potential and struggles doing anything off the bounce and inside the paint limit his versatility. If he chooses to do so, Bader could carve out a nice career for himself as a specialist overseas.