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For Immediate Release: June 12, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU basketball star Rivera pulls name from draft, will return to school
Standout guard will help Bearcats defend America East title in senior season

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton guard D.J. Rivera has removed his name from consideration for the upcoming NBA Draft and will return to campus for his senior season in 2009-10.

Rivera, who led the Bearcats to a record-breaking 23-9 season this past winter, entered his name on April 30 and had until June 15 to withdraw or lose remaining college eligibility. The NBA Draft will be held June 26 at Madison Square Garden.

"I've decided to return to school and finish my education at Binghamton University," Rivera said. "It's been a great experience to test the waters of the NBA. However I want to spend the upcoming season as a student-athlete. We've built a championship caliber team at Binghamton and as one of the leaders, I want to return with my team to experience another America East Championship season. I want to thank my family, my coaches and everyone who has supported me through this process."

Rivera averaged 20.0 points in 2008-09, tops in the America East and 26th in the country. He was an all-conference and all-district selection and was named to the Foxsports.com Mid-Major All-America Team by senior writer Jeff Goodman.

The Bearcats captured the America East regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Rivera was named MVP of the conference championship and broke school records for most points (639), field goals (230) and free throws (132) in a season.

Head coach Kevin Broadus returns four starters and eight letterwinners for the 2009-10 season.

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