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Men’s basketball guard Mansell done playing
Senior will remain with program in 2014-15 while in graduate school
April 23, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton athletics announced that men’s basketball guard Robert Mansell will not play the 2014-15 season, effectively ending his collegiate career after a second serious knee injury. He will remain with the program, however, as he attends graduate school at the University.
“This is in the best interest for my health to hang it up,” Mansell said. “Even though I’m disappointed I can’t finish out my playing career, I’m happy to be back with the program, and will help in any way I can. I think being involved with the team will help my leadership and communication skills and I’m looking forward to serving as a mentor for the younger guys since I have fresh knowledge of what it takes to play Division I basketball. It will be rough not being out there but we’ll turn it into a positive.”
Mansell, the team’s leading scorer in 2011-12, played in 65 career games spanning three seasons. He appeared in eight games in 2013-14 before suffering an injury in BU’s win over Mt. St. Mary’s on December 4.
“We’re taking a tough situation for Rob and trying to make it a real positive,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “He’s such a great person and he’ll have a valuable role in our program as a mentor next year. As much as anything, I want him to be able to finish his master’s degree and graduate from such a great university. He’s an example every day to our guys … that you just never know when your career will be over. For Rob it came a little sooner than any of us would’ve hoped but he’s done everything along the way academically to be prepared for life after basketball. Rob has a bright future.”
Mansell started 28 games during the 2011-12 season and led the Bearcats and ranked fifth in the America East in scoring with 14.0 ppg. He scored 20 or more points five times, including a career-high 26 points against Cornell on Nov. 14. Mansell netted 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting to spark BU to a 57-53 upset of first-place Vermont on Feb. 21 but then went down with a knee injury in the second half of a home game against Albany on Feb. 23. He missed the last three games of the 2011-12 season and all of the 2012-13 campaign.
After an arduous rehabilitation, Mansell made his return to the lineup to begin the 2013-14 season. He played 33 minutes in the opener against Loyola and scored eight points with four rebounds. He started the first four games of the season and added six points in 31 minutes against Navy.
He collected 526 career points (8.1 ppg.) and added 152 rebounds.
Mansell will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in geography and urban planning.