Travis Bader makes basketball nation take notice

ROCHESTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - Ever since Travis Bader was a kid, his life-long goal has been to play in the NBA.

"If that doesn't work out I'd love to play overseas," said Bader. "I just love basketball and anyway I can keep playing after college, you know, I'm going to pursue that. And hopefully it's in the NBA."

As a junior, Bader has already made a huge splash.

He's knocked down a three in 50 straight basketball games, and is five away from the three-point league and school record for a season.

In all, Bader's racked up 348 three-pointers so far.

"It's great that our performance can kind of put Oakland on the map a little bit and, you know, if my individual performance does that as well that's great," said Bader.

Not only does Bader rank fifth in the country in terms of scoring, but he tops the nation in three-pointers made. He's also on pace to break J.J. Redick's three-point record of 457.

"I watched J.J. Redick his whole college career [at Duke University]," said Bader. "I just kind of admired him as a player and kind of looked at him, and looked up to him, and tried to mirror my shot after him."

"If Travis Bader stays healthy, he's going to shatter –  he's not going to break – he's going to shatter the all-time three-point record in the history of college basketball," Greg Kampe, the Oakland University head men's basketball coach, said.

"Here's a guy who only had one Division I offer coming to Oakland, and nobody thought he was good," said Drew Valentine, an Oakland senior and Bader's roommate.

For those who didn't, Bader is getting the last laugh.

"If he doesn't get hurt, and plays his senior year, he will go down as the best three-point shooter in the history of college basketball," said Kampe.

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