Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton University men's basketball team is rebuilding, after scandal rocked the program just 4 seasons ago. Coaches were fired, players left and the team struggled to get wins since then. But it's now in a new era with a new head coach.
And it's bringing in some very good players. In part one of our series, we talk to freshman standout Jordan Reed about his decision to come to Binghamton University, and how he thinks his play can help attract other big recruits to campus.
"It's an up and coming place. Its bound to happen so I was the first one, that's what I think," says Binghamton University freshman Jordan Reed.
Freshman Jordan Reed says Binghamton University will soon be one of the top teams in the America East conference.
"With all my power, I'm going to try to make sure that will happen. It won't be trying. This will be a powerhouse before I'm gone," says Reed.
The Philadelphia native saw the struggles of the team during last season when they won only 2 games, but still decided Binghamton was the place he wanted to play.
And he wanted to be part of the team that put B.U. back on the basketball map.
"I know this place is going to eventually get me where...it's more like an investment. I definitely invested in here and I know this investment will be worth a lot," he says.
Reed admits this team's record doesn't show it, but he expects his investment to pay off in the long run.
And he has a lot to do with it.
Heading into Sunday, Reed is averaging nearly 17 points and 9 and half rebounds per game.
Both lead the conference.
And he's been named America East rookie of the week 5 times this season.
He feels potential recruits will see his play, and will want to come and join him.
"I feel like if you're a good talent, you're going to want to come here because you're going to go out there and step on the floor and just the atmosphere here..it's a great gym," says Reed.
Head coach Tommy Dempsey says high school seniors have taken notice and are committing to Binghamton University.
"Kids want to make an impact in their college programs and I also think kids want to play right away and I think there's opportunity to play right away and we've tried to sell our vision of what we think the program's going to be like and what we think is going to go on in the future and we've been able to get a good group of kids bought into that," says Dempsey.
Reed says if he had to make his college decision all over again, he wouldn't change a thing.
He says he's a Bearcat for life.
Exactly the type of the player the University feels will help raise a couple of championship banners into the rafters of the Events Center.