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David Bauman

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Kind of late to be posting this but it's a good story about David Bauman.


Bauman makes it official, signs with Albany


By Bill Beckner Jr.



The college recruiting process can seem like a zone defense to high school basketball players.


It looks simple enough, but not everyone can get a shot off.


Freeport's David Bauman got his shot at NCAA Division I basketball and made it official by signing a letter-of-intent Wednesday with the University at Albany (N.Y.).


Bauman hopes to compete with true freshman John Iati, a York native, for playing time at point guard.


"The coach up there (Will Brown) talked to me and said if I don't get to start, I may average 20 minutes a game, and I'll take that," Bauman said. "I want to go in there and show I can play."


Bauman also could see time at shooting guard. The 3-point specialist has scored over 600 career points and made 56 3-pointers as a junior.


Now that the recruiting process is complete, the 6-foot-1 senior can concentrate on keeping Freeport's 28-game Section 1-AA winning streak in tact. The season opens Nov. 28. Section play begins Dec. 9.


"I think every recruit should sign before their senior season," Bauman said. "Everyone should do it this way. Now, I can get into the season and I don't have to worry about (college) coaches watching me. I can focus on helping us win games."


Bauman is glad college recruiters will turn their attention to other players. He had many eyes watching him this summer when he played A.A.U. basketball for his brother Alan's team, the Keystone Gators.


"There were 10 to 15 coaches at every game," Bauman said. "You learn to play under pressure when people watch you. That helps when you get into big games."


Freeport coach Garrie Davies, who is back after a year off, thinks Albany is getting a gem -- and a hard worker.


"He is totally dedicated to what he does," Davies said. "He's traveled all over the country playing AAU ball. He stays after practice (every day) and shoots 50 3-pointers, after a three-hour practice."

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"The coach up there (Will Brown) talked to me and said if I don't get to start, I may average 20 minutes a game, and I'll take that," Bauman said. "I want to go in there and show I can play."



Where is Bauman going to get 20 minutes? I think UA is going to have a challenge getting Iati, Jordan and Wilson enough minutes - not to mention Lillis who will get some time at the 2.

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