Immediate Release: August 22, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University men's basketball will have a fresh look in 2011-12 as eight newcomers don the Bearcat green, black and white.
Head coach Mark Macon, in his third season at the helm, also welcomes back seven letterwinners as BU readies for its season, which opens November 12 at home against Colgate.
The squad of 15 will be guard-heavy with eight backcourt players on the roster. Newcomers include junior college transfer Carlyle Francis (Scarborough, Ontario/Tallahassee CC) and a trio of freshmen, 6-foot-4 Storm Clonch (North Wilkesboro, N.C./North Wilkes), 6-foot-3 Chris Longoria (Peachtree, Ga./Wheeler) and 6-foot-3 Chris Rice (Blackwood, N.J./Triton).
Francis was a second team All-Panhandle Conference selection in 2010-11 after averaging a team-high 10.5 points. He shot 41% from the field (44% 3-pt.) and led the Eagles to a 26-10 record and a NJCAA Region VIII title. A Dean's List student, Francis was the program's Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Clonch, a three-time all-county selection, was BU's first signee back in November. He averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for North Wilkes High this past winter and was a scholar-athlete who drew interest from the Federal Service Academies among others.
Longoria averaged 12.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for Wheeler High, helping his team advance to the Elite Eight of the state tournament.
Rice scored 1,131 points for Triton High, sixth-most in that program's history.
In the frontcourt, BU has brought in freshmen Omar Richards (San Diego, Calif.) and Ben Dickinson (Alexandria, Va.) - both 6-foot-8 forwards.
Richards averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game for Central Jersey Each One Tech One academy last season. Dickinson played at Gonzaga in Washington, D.C., one of the premier high school programs in the country.
Six-foot-5 swingman Jabrill Williams (Stamford, Conn./South Kent School), the son of New York Knicks assistant coach and former NBA player Herb Williams, will join the team as a walk-on, as will sophomore guard Byron Brown (Buffalo, N.Y./Erie CC).
The seven returnees are senior center Kyrie Sutton, juniors Jimmy Gray, Taylor Johnston and Javon Ralling and sophomores K.J. Brown, Robert Mansell and Alex Ogundadegbe.
Macon will have to replace three starters, a pair of four-year players, his top three scorers and top two rebounders from a 2010-11 squad that went 8-23 but was dangerous in any game. Nine of the team's losses came by six or fewer points.
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