New faces look to change culture for Bearcats

By wbng sports

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM EDT

Vestal (WBNG Binghamton) When you're the guy responsible for re-building a basketball program -- when your team has won 10 games combined in the last two years -- you often face the same question.

When will the winning start?

Binghamton University men's basketball head coach Tommy Dempsey says winning starts with players.

The Bearcats welcome in six freshmen this year, giving the team 11 underclassmen (along with two juniors and two seniors).

But now BU has 13 players Dempsey recruited himself. It's the roster he's molded. Now, players and coach agree, it's time for a culture change in Vestal.

"We want to change it pretty bad. That's all we talk about," said Wilfredo Rodriguez, a freshman forward from Orlando, FL. "Personally, that's why I committed here. I wanted to start something new, start a new tradition: a winning tradition."

Dempsey said now that he's had three years to recruit his own flavor of players, it's time to look forward.

"We spent a lot of time in the first couple of years trying to build this roster. This is the group we've brought here to help us turn the program around," he said. "I think they feel ownership of the program right now, even though they're young, because they came here to help us build a winner."

The path to building a winner continues Nov. 14 when BU visits Notre Dame.