BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Binghamton's new semi-pro basketball team, the Binghamton Bulldogs, held its first training camp practice on Tuesday night. The training camp practices are optional but head coach Reggie Hawkins had most of his team together as the Bulldogs get to know each other before games begin this fall. Hawkins was a standout basketball player at Binghamton High School and has continued to coach the sport in the community since. Hawkins says the ABA coming to the Southern Tier is a big step for basketball in the area.
"It's exciting for me," said Binghamton Bulldogs head coach Reggie Hawkins. "Keep the basketball going. We've got semi-pro baseball here. We've got hockey. So, why not basketball? It's been a long time since basketball has been in the area and we have really good traditions."
"It's extremely important to the area," said Binghamton Bulldogs guard Jimmy Gray. "I feel like the area needs a little bit more basketball at the next level and this is a perfect opportunity for everyone in the community."
Bulldogs training camp runs through September. Official team practices will begin the first week of October.