For Immediate Release: June 16, 2008
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BU men's basketball adds pair of swingmen in Watson and Rivera
Six-foot-5 Watson played at Howard; Rivera will sit year coming from St. Joe's

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus has added a pair of transfer swingmen to his program. Six-foot-5 junior Sean Watson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay HS/Howard JC (Texas) and 6-foot-4 junior D.J. Rivera (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti HS/St. Joseph's) have committed to Binghamton.

Watson will play his final collegiate season in 2008-09. Rivera will sit out the 2008-09 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules, and will then have two years remaining.

Watson played two seasons at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. Last season, he averaged 22.1 points per game, which ranked 16th in the country. He was an honorable mention preseason All-American and wound up earning first team all-region honors for the 25-8 Hawks.

"Sean is a great addition to our program," Broadus said. "He is a big-time scorer who knows how to finish in multiple ways. He gives us a great skill level at the '3' position."

Watson shot 59% from the floor and added 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Howard advanced to the Region 5 championship game, falling one win short of a trip to the national tournament. He scored 1,043 points in 59 career games at Howard.

He was recruited by St. John's, Albany and several Atlantic-10 schools, including Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure.

Rivera played two seasons for coach Phil Martelli at St. Joseph's, averaging 5.9 points and playing more than 20 minutes a game for a Hawks program that won 18 games in 2006-07 and went 21-13 with an NCAA bid last season. As a freshman, Rivera was the first player off the bench and averaged 23.1 minutes. He shot 41% from the floor and produced 41 steals and 38 assists in 32 games. Last season, Rivera sat out the first semester and played eight games in all.

"D.J. is a big-time recruit," Broadus said. "He has played for a nationally-prominent high school program (Neumann-Goretti) and then for one of the top programs in the Atlantic 10 at St. Joe's, so we know he can play. He is hard-nosed player and a good kid too. D.J. has a toughness we need, and is an excellent athlete and a great slasher to the basket. He will also help build our recruiting base in Philadelphia."

In high school, Rivera was Neumann-Goretti's all-time scoring leader with 1,122 career points. He was a 2006 Associated Press first team all-state selection and the Catholic League Player of the Year. Rivera averaged a team-high 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for a Neumann-Goretti team that went 22-6 and was ranked No. 24 by USA Today.

Watson and Rivera join three other BU recruits - Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben (Troy, N.Y./Troy HS/Hudson Valley CC), Malik Alvin (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz HS/Chipola College) and Theo Davis (Brampton, Ontario/Cardozo/Gonzaga).

Binghamton still has two scholarships remaining to offer.

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