Former Oakland star Travis Bader, right, set an NCAA record for 3-pointers made in a career (504). He averaged 20.6 points this past season for the Grizzlies. (Jose Juarez / Special to Detroit News)
Oakland University guard Travis Bader stayed up past midnight watching the NBA draft Thursday night, hoping to hear his name would be called in the final picks of the second round.
It never happened.
The NBA draft’s 60 picks didn’t include Bader, who set a NCAA record for 3-pointers made in a career (504). He averaged 20.6 points this past season for the Grizzlies.
Now Bader is hoping to get a free-agent contract to see if he can earn a roster spot.
“Six teams have already called my agent,” Bader said in a phone interview following the draft. “There are some teams that fit me better than others. My agent and I will have to sit down and talk things over.”
Bader had a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational in mid-April competing against other potential draft picks. He earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after he averaged 19.7 points in three games, making 11-of-23 three-pointers.