By Trevor McClain
tmcclain@my.madonna.edu

Since being recruited his sophomore year from Livonia Stevenson High School, junior guard Bobby Naubert has helped lead the Crusaders to one of their most successful seasons in program history.

Naubert has made an impact in program history since being first introduced as a Crusader, leading the team in scoring his freshman year with 321 points, and currently leads the 2012-13 season in points with 382.

Naubert is on track to break his personal single-scoring point’s record of 465 this season.

“There is no doubt that Bobby’s success has come from hard work and dedication,” said classmate Matt Jenkins, junior guard at Madonna University.

Naubert contributes more on the court than just points. Since his freshman year, he has led the team in assists, putting up triple-digit numbers in all three seasons. He is also currently leading Madonna in steals and total rebounds.

“He pushes himself to be the best that he can be,” said Jenkins. “With him doing this, it forces everybody around him to do the same.”

Naubert has continued to excel not only within Madonna but in the conference and nation as well. His freshman year, Naubert was named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Newcomer team. Also earning All-WHAC first team honors and being selected as an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention his sophomore year.

“Any success I enjoy comes from the inspiration and teaching of my coaches,” said Naubert. “The other factor is simply hard work and wanting to become better.”

Naubert’s accolades have continued into this year, receiving five WHAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors this season alone.

“One of the reasons I respect Bob so much is because of how humble he is,” said Jenkins. “He never brings up his own achievements nor does he seek attention from anybody.”

The entire Madonna men’s basketball is in pursuit of setting program history, so far this season the team has achieved an overall record of 16-6.

“This is a very special team that is capable of achieving great things,” said Naubert. “Part of our uniqueness comes from a sense of being family; we really care about one another.”

Since taking over the helm as head basketball coach at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Noel Emenhiser has consistently improved the team each year.

“I believe that coach Emenhiser and the staff continue to teach the importance of doing what is best for the team, and more importantly, they always put us in the best position to achieve,” said Naubert.

After the Madonna men’s basketball team closes out the season, Naubert plans to return for his senior year to help lead the Crusaders to another successful season.

Naubert will graduate Madonna University in the spring of 2014 with a social studies degree and a certificate in secondary education.

Photo by Paul Stempien

 

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