The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 10, 2011

College Men's Basketball: Bison's sixth man has been a 'Boon' to the program


Boon said it's probably one of the easiest class loads he has had since he arrived in Lewisburg.

"This is probably the least I've had since I've been here," he said. "It's easier than normal but still harder than most."

Like every student-athlete in the Patriot League, Boon has to find a way to balance everything. There were times, early in his career, when he struggled with it.

After playing for Pat Flannery as a freshman, Boon and fellow seniors Stephen Tyree and Darryl Shazier had to go through the transition to Dave Paulsen and his staff.

Paulsen said right away he see the potential in Boon on the court, but knew the class load was weighing on him.

"What he's been able to balance is really remarkable," said Paulsen. "There were times my first year I rode him hard because I saw this potential that wasn't coming out. But a lot of it was because I don't think he slept the night before.

"But he's found a way and he's been phenomenal."

One opportunity Boon had because of his work in the classroom was a chance to stay in Lewisburg over the summer while doing research at Geisinger. He and his research partner developed a salifer, a high-tech pacifier to collect DNA from infants.

"Summer was rough. Up at 6:30 to get in the gym, get shots up, lift, then go to work," said Boon. "Seven or eight hours at work then I'd go right back to the gym. I really have to thank Bucknell for providing students with a chance to do things on or around campus."

"It's pretty darn impressive what he does," said Paulsen. "One thing I know, whatever that kid does, he's going to be very, very successful."

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