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For Immediate Release: October 14, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball picked to finish 7th in America East
Wright named one of top five players, selected preseason all-conference

America East Tip-Off Luncheon Central

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Despite having one of the league's top players and five of the team's top six scorers back, Binghamton's men's basketball will enter the 2010-11 season in familiar territory - picked to finish near the bottom of the nine-team America East. The Bearcats, who have met or exceeded preseason expectations in all 10 years as a Division I member, were picked to finish seventh in a poll of the conference head coaches. The poll was released at the annual Basketball Tipoff Luncheon Thursday in Hartford.

Boston University was chosen to win the league, followed in order by Stony Brook, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hartford, Binghamton, Albany and UMBC.

Senior Greer Wright was a unanimous selection to the five-man Preseason All-Conference Team, also announced at the luncheon. Wright was a first team all-conference selection in his Bearcats' debut last winter after averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in conference play.

"Greer's impact was remarkable to this team last year because he did so much," head coach Mark Macon said. "He brings a multitude of skill to the floor ... he scores, he rebounds, he passes the ball, he can play multiple positions. His impact his immeasurable when it comes to us winning and losing games. I want him to try to be the best player in this conference. I'm trying to make him a great player as opposed to just a good player, or a player that's just a first team selection."

Joining Wright in 2010-11 are other returning starters Mahamoud Jabbi (6.8 rpg., 6.3 ppg.), Moussa Camara (10.7 ppg.) and Chretien Lukusa (7.1 ppg.) - each back for his final collegiate season. The return of 6-foot-9 junior center Kyrie Sutton (6.2 ppg.) gives Macon five of his top six scorers back from a team that surprised everyone with an 8-8, fifth-place finish (13-18 overall).

After a November 10 home exhibition game against East Stroudsburg, BU will open its regular season November 13 at Colgate.

America East Coaches Preseason Poll
 Year Coaches' Pick Actual Finish Difference
2001-02 9th of 9 6th +3
2002-03 6th of 9 4th +2
2003-04 6th of 10 5th +1
2004-05 5th of 10 5th -
2005-06 4th of 9 2nd +2
2006-07 6th of 9 6th -
2007-08 4th of 9 4th -
2008-09 5th of 9 1st +4
2009-10 9th of 9 5th +4
2010-11 7th of 9 ?? ??

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