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Men’s basketball drawing attention with rising stars
Pair of publications note talent of Reed, newcomer Madray; refer to BU as "vastly more talented"
September 19, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men’s basketball is drawing attention from national trade magazines as head coach Tommy Dempsey continues to boost the program with elite recruits and an up-tempo style. Two publications have noted sophomore guard Jordan Reed as one of the top players in the America East and also singled out freshman recruit Nick Madray for his talent and potential.
In its College Basketball issue, Sporting News has a breakdown of the America East and correspondent Patrick Stevens slotted Binghamton fifth out of nine schools in his preseason prediction. Stevens referred to the 2013-14 Bearcats as “perhaps the league’s greatest wild card” and “vastly more talented” than last year’s team.
Reed, who poured in 466 points (16.6 ppg.) and 266 rebounds (9.5 rpg.) in his spectacular rookie debut last season, was selected to the five-man All-America East Team. Additionally, Madray, Dempsey’s polished 6-foot-9 recruit from Ontario, was picked as the “Top Newcomer” by the publication.
Lindy’s Sports released its College Basketball Preview and also complimented Reed, Madray and the Bearcats’ program. Writer Craig Haley had Reed on his All-Conference First Team and Madray was chosen as the Newcomer of the Year. Haley noted Dempsey’s running-style offense and wrote that there is “no shortage of skilled guards” as Reed is complimented by senior Rayner Moquete and junior Robert Mansell, who led the 2011-12 team in scoring (14.0 ppg.) before missing last season with an injury.
The Bearcats will make their public debut at the school’s “Basketball Showcase” event on October 11. The team will then play an exhibition game against Bloomsburg on November 2 and before hosting Loyola in the season-opener on November 8 at the Events Center.