Cameron Binder

Auburn's Cameron Binder celebrates beating Wahoo as he leaves the court. 

Auburn sophomore standout Cameron Binder’s postseason heroics have led the Bulldogs to their first state championship appearance in school history.

In Auburn's district final vs. Fort Calhoun on Feb. 25, the 6-foot guard scored 40 points — outscoring Fort Calhoun’s 37 — to send the Bulldogs to Lincoln.

On Thursday, Binder made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to defeat Grand Island Central Catholic in the state quarterfinal.

On Friday, he scored a team high 18 points in a 59-46 win over Wahoo.

Auburn will play Class C-1 final at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Binder doesn’t let the pressure of big moments get to him.

“The biggest thing is not to freak out. ‘I shoot hundreds of shots every day. (I) can’t let anything shake me.’ Keeping confidence is important in big moments,” he said. “We feel so much pride. I feel disrespect from other teams who say, ‘Oh, you guys have no seniors. You’re lucky to be here.’ I may be just a sophomore, and we may be a young team, but I still want to prove so much.” 

Binder has averaged 20.6 points during his sophomore season. Between playing AAU last summer and his breakout season this year, he’s drawn interest from several Division-I programs. Binder has been in contact with Boston College, UNO, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and Pennsylvania.

“D-I is definitely the goal,” he said. “I went to a lot of camps, elite camps this summer. We’re talking about it, guys that have said: ‘Hey, you can come down.’ So we’ll be setting up visits soon for sure.”

Binder, who visited North Dakota State on Jan. 19, will have plenty of time to make a college decision. His top priority right now? Bringing Auburn its first state basketball championship.

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