Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

They're Back! ; Bundy Leads GLVC's Drury into Tourney

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

They're Back! ; Bundy Leads GLVC's Drury into Tourney

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Kameron Bundy's future was settled right after Drury University won the 2013 NCAA Division II men's basketball championship. "Coach (Steve Hesser) game me a hug and said, 'I'm going to give you the ball next year - do you want it?'" recalled the sophomore. "And I said, 'Yes, I do.' Every day since then I've tried to be that guy for my team."

"That guy" ended up leading the Panthers in scoring, assists and steals this season as the West Division champions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference - the same league the University of Southern Indiana plays in - earned their second-straight berth in the Elite Eight.

Eighth-ranked Drury (28-3), the Midwest Regional champion, will face No. 7 West Liberty (29-3), the Atlantic Regional champ, in Wednesday's 6 p.m. quarterfinal at the Ford Center.

The other quarterfinals will pit No. 4 Southern Connecticut State (30-2) against No. 20 Central Missouri (27-5) at noon, No. 1 Metro State (31-1) against unranked Tuskegee (21-11) at 2:30 p.m. and No. 5 South Carolina Aiken (32-3) against unranked Cal State Chico (25- 7) at 8:30.

The semifinals will take place Thursday night at 6 and 8:30 p.m., with CBS' nationally televised title game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The 6-foot-2 Bundy didn't look like a star in the making as a freshman. Despite averaging 18.4 minutes over 32 games, he averaged just 5.2 points and 1.7 assists.

Hesser said Bundy needed to be more aggressive offensively. Bundy said he needed to do something he had never done: improve his jump shot.

"In high school I was never a jump shooter," he said.

So he spent the summer taking thousands of jump shots. All that work turned him into a player who is tied for the team lead in 3- point baskets (47) while leading in scoring (17.6 points per game), assists (109 for a 3.8 average) and steals (47).

A brief setback - he missed a week of practice and one game with a concussion - didn't seem to slow him much as he scored 20 or more points in a game 11 times during the season.

Only twice has Bundy scored less than double digits. One was an eight-point effort during Drury's 75-57 loss to USI in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament at the Ford Center. …

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