Immediate Release: September 29, 2004
VESTAL, N.Y. - Heading into his final collegiate season, Binghamton University senior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) is among three America East all-stars who have caught the attention of NBA scouts, according to a recent article on CBSSportsLine.com.
Senior writer Gregg Doyel writes that Northeastern's Jose Juan Barea and Vermont's Taylor Coppenrath have attracted interest, but NBA scouts "are most intrigued by yet another America East prospect" - that being Billings.
Doyel continues about Billings:
"That would be Binghamton center Nick Billings, who is 7-feet-0, 255 pounds with springy legs, improving strength and a career average of 3.9 blocks per game - 10th in NCAA history ... While his offensive skills are improving - from 5.2 points per game as a freshman to 9.6 to 12.5 as a junior - Billings has always been able to block shots. And the NBA loves guys who can block shots ... NBA scouts took a good look at Billings this summer at the Nike All-America Camp, where he was a counselor. He took part in scout-supervised workouts with other counselors, including North Carolina's Sean May and Arizona's Channing Frye ... "
Doyel concluded his piece with this:
"This season the NBA will honor the America East with unprecedented attention, and maybe even a first-round pick - or three."
Billings and the Bearcats open their 2004-05 season with an exhibition game against St. Rose on November 3 at the Events Center. The regular season begins with a matchup against Michigan in the opening round of the 2004 Cisco Systems Preseason NIT, November 15 in Ann Arbor.
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