REDICK REFLECTS ON NCAA 3-POINT RECORD FALLING
J.J. Redick is okay with being second.
In the past few months, as it became more apparent that Oakland University’s Travis Bader was likely to break Redick’s NCAA 3-point record, Redick said he wasn’t “losing any sleep over it.”
He was happy for Bader, the redshirt senior who grew up a Redick fan and somehow a fan of the University of North Carolina. And if nothing else, he knew what Bader may have been going through chasing history.
It was around this time eight years ago that Redick himself was closing in on the record then held by former Virginia standout Curtis Staples.
He was on a roll. Really, he had been for weeks, making 30-point games seem as likely for him as Duke’s Cameron Indoor is crazy.
The records for Redick began tumbling in February, beginning on Valentine’s Day when his four 3-pointers broke Staples’ NCAA record for most career 3-pointers made.
“It was interesting because it was like a two-week period where there was the 3-point record, then the Duke record, then the ACC record,” Redick said. “By the end of it I was just mentally exhausted, and looking back, I probably shouldn't have been. But when you're in the moment, it's all you think about. Mentally it fatigues you a little bit.”
Staples held the record for eight years (1998 to 2006). Eight years later, Bader surpassed Redick’s record of 457 by converting a 3-pointer from the right corner in the first half of Oakland’s 86-64 loss to Milwaukee.
“I just found an article the other day about him so I learned a little bit about him, a skinny little kid coming into college and he works his butt off, that he's a good representation of his school,” said Redick, who recorded a video message for Bader and planned to send him a congratulatory text message Sunday.
Redick said when he came into Duke as a highly touted prep star out of Cave Spring High in Virginia, he never imagined his name among the all-time greats and he imagined Bader had a similar sentiment.
“I don't think Travis started his career thinking 'Hey, I'm going to break the all-time 3-point record,'” Redick said. “I don't know many people that set out to do things like that. Most people think about 'I want to win a championship at this school,' or if you're a mid-major 'I want to get to the NCAA, or the Sweet 16.' So, to have something happen and have it become a reality, it takes a lot out of you.”