Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
From leading scorer, to the end of the bench. That's been the journey for BU's Rob Mansell this season as he fights his way back from injury. Eleven months since injuring his knee, he's back trying to make the Bearcats a better team, this time on the practice court.
Mansell injured that knee during one of the final regular season games last year. Since, it's been a long road back for last years leading scorer. Now he's finally back on the court, slowly but surely working his way back into game shape. Earlier this season the coaching staff and Mansell decided he would red shirt this season, and despite the progress he's made, Coach Tommy Dempsey's pleased about that decision.
"In the last couple of weeks he has really stepped it up in terms of being more comfortable," said Dempsey. "There's a lot of days that he doesn't even wear a knee brace at all and he feels good. He's actually started to show more signs of the type of player he was before he got hurt and I really feel strongly that we made the right decision."
Dempsey went on to say he expects two more big years from Rob, who will be a junior next season. Meanwhile the rest of the Bearcats look for their second straight win Saturday as they host UNH.