The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

College Sports

March 10, 2011

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

LEWISBURG — There have been times throughout his coaching career when Dave Paulsen talked to a player about setting goals, encouraging him to use a journal to keep track of his life. The Bucknell coach admits, however, that very few, if any, actually ever did it. G.W. Boon does and perhaps that says more about the Bison senior than anything else.

You see, of the more than 4,000 Division I men's basketball players, there are plenty who aren't student-athletes. The problem is there are a lot more athletes than students.

G.W. Boon, a senior from Harvest, Ala., is both, and somehow he balances them perfectly. And despite the fact that he is not a starter for the Bison, there is no question he is one of the reasons why Bucknell will host Lafayette on Friday night in the Patriot League final.

In the classroom

In terms of majors at Bucknell, biomedical engineering is arguably one of the toughest. Yet that's what drew Boon to Bucknell after an all-state basketball career in Alabama.

"When they were recruiting me, I asked if they had the program. They had a top 10 program in biomedical engineering and they were 25th in basketball," said Boon. "It was exactly what I was looking for."

He knew the academic work was going to be a challenge and it has been — "We design medical devices and systems that can aid the human body," he said. With a scheduled filled with classes like Biotransport, Medical Device Assessment and Development and Neural Signals and Systems, Boon has thrived over the past four years in the classroom.

As a senior, rather than coasting toward the finish line, he's carrying 16 credit hours, in addition to playing basketball and working on his senior design project, where he is developing an arterial sensor.

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