5 Abe Badmus
Veteran point guard who is entering his fourth season as a starter ... team co-captain ... one of the most underrated players in the Patriot League ... has never made an all-league team, but those close to the Bucknell program feel he is perhaps the team's most important cog ... serves as the team's catalyst at both ends of the floor ... former Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year ... gives opposing point guards headaches as they try to get into their offense ... uses defensive instincts and tremendous quickness to his advantage ... with a full season yet to play already ranks third on Bucknell's career steals list (169) ... needs four more to move into second place and 117 to break Mike Bright's record ... offensively is a sure ballhandler who is fluent in coach Pat Flannery's system ... has yet to become a consistently high scorer, but has hit a number of critical shots late in big games for the Bison ... has been a tremendous post-season player ... combined 18-to-2 assist-turnover ratio in Bucknell's two NCAA Tournament victories over Kansas and Arkansas ... enters season ranked 10th on Bucknell's career assists chart with 279 ... gained valuable experience in the summer of 2005 playing for the Nigerian national team in the FIBA Africa Cup ... helped lead D'Tigers to a third-place finish and a berth in the 2006 World Championship.
Enjoyed his best season yet for the Orange & Blue ... ranked second in the Patriot League in assists, third in assist-turnover ratio and fourth in steals ... raised his scoring average for the second straight season to a career-high 6.6 ppg ... scored the two most important points of his career -- and of Bucknell's season -- when he hit a pair of clinching free throws with seven seconds left in Bucknell's NCAA Tournament win over Arkansas ... those were his first points of the day, although he had seven assists, three steals and three rebounds, including a key defensive carom in the final seconds with the Bison leading by two, just before the clutch free throws ... was terrific defensively in a victory over 17th-ranked Syracuse in the Carrier Dome ... had three steals in the last four minutes of the contest and helped limit standout sharpshooter Gerry McNamara to 6-for-19 shooting ... returned to his hometown of Chicago and had nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a win over DePaul ... logged eight points and five assists against No. 4 Villanova ... dished eight assists in a game three times and had five or more 13 times ... scored in double figures eight times, including a career-high 17 points in a home win over Lehigh ... hit the game-tying 3-pointer to spark a second-half comeback from 15 points down in a win at Holy Cross ... shot 50.0% from the field and a career-best 69.1% from the foul line ... 65 steals ranked sixth on Bucknell's single-season list ... earned Tommy Thompson Award as team's top defender for the second year in a row.
Was Bucknell's everyday point guard all season long and turned in a fantastic campaign ... won the first-ever Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Award ... ranked third in the PL in steals, second in assist-turnover ratio and fourth in assists ... was brilliant in Bucknell's NCAA Tournament win over Kansas, finishing with a career-high 11 assists and no turnovers while holding Jayhawks point guard Aaron Miles without a field goal ... scored only two points in the game, but they came on a pair of critical free throws that gave the Bison a five-point lead with 1:22 to play ... turned in the team's defensive play of the year when he blocked Carl Krauser's breakaway layup in the final minute of a 69-66 upset of No. 7 Pittsburgh ... the block protected a one-point deficit and Bucknell scored the winning points on the next possession ... also made a number of critical defensive plays in overtime in a win at Yale, drawing a charge and coming up with a steal in the final minute ... hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0:06 left in a 65-63 win over Lehigh at Sojka Pavilion ... in rematch with Lehigh scored a career-high 15 points, making all four 3FG tries ... scored 13 points against Lafayette in the PL Tournament ... had eight assists and six rebounds in a win at St. Joseph's ... earned Tommy Thompson Award as Bucknell's top defender.
Appeared in all 29 games as a freshman and was inserted into the starting lineup in Bucknell's conference opener at American ... team went 10-6 with him as a starter ... had positive assist-turnover ratio (38-34) as a starter ... went three straight games without a turnover, resulting in wins over Lehigh, Navy and Lafayette ... averaged 3.9 ppg and 1.6 apg ... twice scored in double figures -- 13 at Army and 12 vs. Lafayette ... also had nine rebounds and four steals without a turnover in that win over Army ... career-high eight assists in home win over Navy ... made two key baskets late in close win over Cornell ... ranked sixth in the Patriot League in steals (1.6 spg) ... 46 thefts were one shy of the team lead.
Full name is Ibrahim Olakunk Badmus ... son of Ganiat Sarumi and Gabriel Badmus ... born Feb. 9, 1985 in Chicago ... has one brother, Mohammed ... 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Ill. ... East Suburban Catholic League MVP ... fourth-team all-state selection ... averaged 15 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals per game as a senior, while shooting 56 percent from the field ... helped his team to a conference title as a junior and a 19-6 record (12-2 league) and a runner-up finish in 2003, despite the loss of three other starters ... elected team captain ... four-year starter under head coach Dennis Zelasko ... played in the Chicagoland Jamboree high school all-star game ... also earned one varsity letter in football ... majoring in political science.