Release: October 14, 2010
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.
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