Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamtom University men's basketball team is slowly building back up from scandal. It led to players being dismissed, coaches getting fired, and even more players who transferred. But over the last 4 seasons one guy has stuck with the team. In Part 2 of our series "On the Rebound: Rebuilding the Bearcats" we talk to senior Jimmy Gray about staying with B-U.
"It has turned out to be a good experience," says Gray.
Binghamton University senior Jimmy Gray's college career has mirrored the basketball program itself.
He admits he's struggled at times, like the basketball team that's netted just 23 wins since scandal in 2009.
But like the school, he's turning things around.
He says B.U. helped him get on the right track, taking care of his responsibilities and building a good character.
"I have a lot of people that care about me here and it has been a little bit easier because they're in my backyard and they're supporting me whatever happens and I think it has been a little bit easier. I'm very grateful," Gray says.
He's also grateful to have the opportunity to play at the highest college level.
As a senior in high school he only had one division 1 offer, from the Bearcats.
Current coach Tommy Dempsey says Gray probably was not D-1 talent at the time.
But he's become one with a lot of hard work and dedication.
"He's helped me...even though the wins and losses aren't there. We're changing a culture. We're building a culture, we're building a brand and he's been a big part of that and I've been fortunate to inherit him," Dempsey says.
Gray has built a solid career, going from 1.4 points per game in his first year, to over 10 points a game as a senior.
But his biggest improvement has been as a leader.
"Try to influence these younger players. The game is going to be a lot of struggles and there's going to be droughts. There's going to be a lot of things like that. The mentality is you have to have a strong focus on the game and continue to work," Gray says.
With improvement on the court and in the classroom, Gray feels what he's learned most is how to succeed in life.
"I think I've gotten the character from both the academic fields and basketball world. Both teach you a lot of aspects of life and I think that has really built the foundation I have and the kind of man I'm turning into," he says.
A man that's driving the ball toward a brighter future for himself and the Binghamton University basketball program.
In Vestal, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.