Posted On: 01/5/17 5:00 AM
A four year varsity standout on the baseball diamond, senior Raffy Baumgardner is making a significant impact on the hardwood for Bullis. The 6’2 guard is averaging over 10 points per game for the 8-5 Bulldogs to start off his senior campaign.
“I’ve been playing since I was about 6,” said Baumgardner, who was named IAC player of the year in 2015-16 for baseball. “My parents have been playing all their lives so it was easy for me to pick up.”
One of the first things that stood out about Baumgardner’s game was his ability to stretch the floor with his thee point jumper. Apparently, this is a new addition to his game.
“I didn’t really have one last year,” said Baumgardner about his jump shot. “Now I’ve developed one and that’s really helped my game.”
Self-described as more of a grinder, Baumgardner loves to get after it on the court. He won’t necessarily produce the most highlight-worthy plays, but instead the tough plays, the hustle plays.
“My defense,” said Baumgardner about the most underrated aspects of his game. “Not a lot of people look at how many blocks I get but I average about 2 or 3.”
Baumgardner is a solid student with about an 85 average. He is looking to try and play baseball and basketball in college. He’s become really interested in basketball recently. What can coaches who are interested in recruiting Baumgardner expect from him at their program?
“Determination, hustle, just the grit to want to play basketball. I love it.”