MCALLEN, Texas, January 30, 2015 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers general manager Gianluca Pascucci today announced that the team has acquired guard Travis Bader.
Bader (6-5, 190, Oakland) most recently played for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, where he averaged 3.48 ppg in 25 games. During the summer of 2014, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers (9.4 ppg) at the Orlando Summer League and the Golden State Warriors (2.33 ppg) at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Bader played for the Oakland Golden Grizzlies from 2009-14. He redshirted his freshman season and went on to average 17.2 ppg over four seasons. Bader shot 504-for-1,246 to make him the NCAA leader in 3-point field goals made and attempted. During his senior season, he ranked second in the country with a school record 94.3 free-throw percentage (164-for-174). He also garnered several awards during his career at Oakland including: Horizon All-League First Team (2014), First Team All-Summit (2013), Honorable Mention All-Summit (2012) and Summit League All-Newcomer Team (2011).
A native of Okemos, Mich., Bader played at Okemos High School. He was named Lansing State Journal Player of the Year, team MVP and CAAC Blue Player of the Year as a senior.
The Vipers host the Texas Legends tonight at State Farm Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Tomorrow, RGV is on the road to face Texas again at The Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas at 7 p.m. (CT). Vipers fans can follow the action live all season on FOX Sports 1700 AM or watch games live at NBADLeague.com. For more information about the RGV Vipers 2014-15 season or to purchase season tickets, contact the Vipers at 956-972-1144.
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About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 18 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchise for the 2014-15 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. One-third of all NBA players at the end of the 2013-14 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.