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'Mr. 1,000' Roderick Bombard

Senior baller Roderick Bombard
achieves 1,000 career points

by Norm Miller

Roderick Bombard needed only one bucket to reach 1,000 collegiate career basketball points when he started in Truett-McConnell's game against Emmanuel Feb. 2.

And within about two minutes after tip-off, the sharp-eyed Bombard drained a three-pointer -- one of seven he had on the night.

"From the beginning of the season, I knew I wanted to reach the 1,000-point mark. That was a goal I set for myself," said the shooting guard from Orlando, Fla.

"I want to thank Coach Mawdesley for the opportunity to play at Truett-McConnell," Bombard said. "He gave me a lot of freedom on the court. He trusted me. Without his trust, I couldn't've accomplished my goal," the senior added.

"I am so proud of Roderick both as a basketball player and a young man," said Wade Mawdesley, head coach of Truett-McConnell's men's basketball team. "He was a member of my first recruiting class, and he will leave a lasting benchmark both on and off the court for current and future members of our program. It is truly fitting that Roderick is the first member of the Truett-McConnell Men's Basketball 1,000 point club. "

Majoring in sports management, Bombard plans to attend graduate school, eventually coach basketball, and later become a college athletic director. "I know that won't happen overnight. I need work my way up," he said.

As for life at Truett-McConnell, Bombard said he has some "great new friends in my basketball teammates. I have great memories, too. They will be with me for life, and I won't forget them."

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