Nick Bahe: Raw Passion

Nick Bahe is ready to get his college career underway. The invited walk-on from Lincoln, Nebraska is fired up about joining the Jayhawks and if you ask him, Late Night can't come soon enough.

Nick Bahe had a blast when he visited in June for summer school and the KU basketball camps.

"I had the time of my life. I'd been looking forward to it from the second I committed to come down there and it met all my expectations. It was a lot of fun."

He took a class with all four of the other freshman and Jeff Graves as well and said it really was a great bonding experience.

"All four freshmen were a ton of fun. I got to know them real well. They're great people and great basketball players. I can't wait for the next four years to just build on our relationship and win some basketball games as well."

I asked Nick to describe each freshman in one or two words. Here's what he came up with:

Jeremy Case: "Silent confident."

"He won't say a whole lot but when he walks on the court he means business and he's very confident in his shot."

Omar Wilkes: "Silky smooth."

"On and off the court, the guy is just smooth. When he takes it to the hoop it's like he's just gliding and off the court he's a real charming, nice guy."

David Padgett: "A rough warrior."

"You can just see it in his eyes that he wants to win, he wants to get better. When he's in the weight room and in the pickup games you can tell he's doing absolutely everything he can to improve and everything like that."

JR Giddens: "The man."

"He definitely is a confident kid. That helps in life and on the basketball court as well. In every pickup game he never was intimidated and in any situation on campus he was never intimidated as well. When you put a guy with talent with a guy whose really, really confident...that's a dangerous combination."

Nick Bahe: "Really, really, really hungry."

"Hungry to get his opportunity and hungry to get this whole journey started. I'm really excited to be a part of it. I'm really excited to start working my butt off for Coach Self, Lawrence and KU. It's gonna be fun."

Nick loved playing in front of the campers, and that experience has him even more excited to play in Allen Fieldhouse this fall. He says it's as good as they get, when it comes to big time college atmospheres.

"I've seen good atmosphere in Lincoln at Memorial Stadium. But me being a basketball guy, its truly basketball heaven. The first time I went to a game, I bet if they would have put a camera on me my jaw would have been on the floor the whole time."

"I think that is a major thing that sold me, it's a great selling point for all the recruits. Allen Fieldhouse and the raw energy and the raw passion that Lawrence has for basketball. I see that a lot in Lincoln with the Nebraska football team, but I think it's even more so in Lawrence with basketball."

"It all goes back to Allen Fieldhouse. I think it's a center piece to what good KU basketball and the tradition is. I could go on and on about the Fieldhouse. I can't believe I'm going to get to run out and play in it."

He also can't believe that he's getting to play for such a cool coach like Bill Self.

"He's the coolest guy ever. He is the man. There's a rule that each player has to stop in once a day and say hi to all the coaches in the basketball office and I think that's a really cool rule. Every day I'd look forward to stopping in there and the few times that he was in there when the camp wasn't going on it was really fun to go in his office and say 'what's up' and he'd sit down with you."

"What's fun about him is that he'd joke around with you and also get serious with you and talk about serious situations with basketball. I really think we got a good one, I really do. I can't say enough about Coach Self, he's a great guy."

This writer has talked with Bahe only a handful of times, but I can't say enough good things about him either.


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