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Freeport hoopster headed to Albany

| Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003

David Bauman is the last in the line of basketball-playing Baumans at Freeport High School. He also might have the brightest future on the court.

Bauman, a senior 6-foot-2 shooting guard, made a verbal commitment to Division I University at Albany on Monday.

Bauman said he has been recruited as a point guard/shooting guard and will receive a full athletic scholarship.

He can ink a national letter of intent when the NCAA's early signing period begins Nov. 12 -- more than two weeks before the local high school regular season starts.

Bauman said Division I Holy Cross and New Hampshire also offered scholarships and Boston University showed interest.

"His level of play is unbelievable," Freeport coach Mike Beale said. "He's had so much exposure and played in so many places through AAU basketball. He put himself in the best position he possibly could. He really wasn't a surprise (to go Division I)."

Bauman might have been able to gain even more college interest with a strong senior season for Freeport but made a decision to put an end to the recruiting process.

"Honestly, I just wanted to get it over with," Bauman said. "Nobody knows how hectic it is until you're in it. I pretty much just wanted it to stop, almost. I just wanted to concentrate on how the team is doing. I didn't want to have to worry about stats. If I'm not the leading scorer, who cares?"

Last season, in his second year as a starter, Bauman led Freeport with a 16.9 points per game average and connected for 56 three-pointers.

His season highlight was a 46-point performance against Jeannette in which he made eight three-point shots.

With Bauman in the mix, Freeport has gone undefeated in Section 1-AA play the last two seasons, though he was injured much of his sophomore season.

University at Albany competes in the America East Conference and will visit Pitt for a nonconference game on Nov. 28.

"The coach said we'd have a good chance to make the big dance (NCAA tournament) in a few years," said Bauman, 18. "He said I'd have a good shot to play as a freshman."

Bauman's brother, Adam, 20, was recruited by Army but transferred to Division II Nyack College in New York. Their older brother, Alan, 23, coaches the Kittanning junior varsity team and AAU squads.

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