Key member of Bucknell’s frontcourt rotation ... has shown the ability to provide a big spark coming in off the bench ... physical presence in the low post ... boasts terrific instincts around the basket ... has ability to finish in the paint but is not afraid to step out and shoot from 12-15 feet ... battles hard on the glass ... very intense player who has a knack for rallying his teammates ... much-improved free-throw shooter.
2002-03 Important member of Bucknell’s low-post rotation for the third straight year ... played in 25 games, all as a reserve ... shot career-best 44.3% from field ... averaged 2.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg ... played season-high 27 minutes in wins over UC Santa Barbara (12/28/02) and Robert Morris (1/7/03) ... season-high 10 points at Lehigh (2/11/03), making career-high 5 of 10 from field ... collected eight rebounds vs. Colgate (1/31/03) ... made first career-3-pointer at George Washington (11/30/02).
2001-02 Played in each of the last 25 games of the season, starting four ... in 18.5 minutes per game averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... shot 42.0 percent from the field and 75.6 percent from the charity stripe (up from 47.8 percent as a freshman) ... sank 30 of last 39 free throws ... made first career start against Villanova (12/1/01), and also started next three against Albany, UMBC and Penn State ... had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. UMBC (12/11/01), just missing his first career double-double ... 10 boards were a career high ... hit 6 of 11 field-goal attempts at USF shootout ... dished career-high three assists in near-upset of South Florida (12/28/01) ... scored in double figures for the first time in his career with an 11-point showing against Navy (2/6/02) ... also added seven rebounds and a pair of steals against the Midshipmen.
2000-01 Got feet wet with solid rookie campaign ... playing time increased dramatically as season went on ... appeared in only two of the first nine games, but then saw action in 19 of the last 20 ... averaged 2.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg ... scored season-high six points on three occasions, including in Patriot League Tournament semifinal contest against Navy ... also had a pair of six-rebound games — vs. Mount St. Mary’s (1/3/01) and Navy (2/3/01) ... shot respectable 44.2 percent (19-43) from the field.
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL Played for head coach Steve Chadwin at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pa. ... earned three varsity letters ... averaged 22.0 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game ... an all-city, all-league and all-state performer, as well as a senior all-star ... son of Jeanette Slater and David Bates.