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Imani Watkins - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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VESTAL (WBNG) - Imani Watkins has raked in the accolades since her freshman season at Binghamton University and is finishing off her Bearcat career in style. Watkins currently leads the America East in points per game and is 12 Sports' Athlete of the Week. 

It's been more than three years since Watkins stepped on the Binghamton University campus. 

"I had a knee surgery (in high school) and I wasn't really the same for a little while, so I lost some of my bigger offers," said Binghamton senior guard Imani Watkins. "(Binghamton) stuck with me and I knew that coming in, I'd be able to play right away, and I feel like it was a conference I could make an impact in right away."

More than 1,600 points later, she's one of the best basketball players in program history. 

"She's probably the best scorer that I've had the pleasure to play with," said Binghamton sophomore guard Kai Moon. 

There's not a shot, Watkins can't make. 

"Sometimes you'll think, 'who else could shoot this shot and it go in,' and it's nobody, except for her," said Moon. 

"It's just a blink," said Watkins. "A lot of times I don't know what's going on when I get in those zones like that until I watch it on film. It's just an unconscious feeling. You just play and it's instinct."

So, what's going through the seniors head when she hits the court?

"Kill," said Watkins. "That was one of the things that my dad preached to me ever since I picked up a ball, 'If you're going to do it, you want to be the best at it.' Shooters shoot and killers kill, that's what you do."

That killer mentality has rubbed off on her younger teammates. 

"She didn't take it easy on me at all," said Moon. "She killed me in practice every day, telling me 'You can't guard me.' I think she pushed me to be better than I thought I could be."

With just more than three months left in her Bearcat career, Watkins is just 395 points behind Bess Greenberg to become the all-time leading scorer in program history. 

"At the end of the day, you could get hurt, you could do a lot of other things," said Watkins. "After this I may never touch a basketball again, and to be the all-time leading scorer in school history means that you made history. That you left your mark and that's something no one can ever take from you."

Watkins currently averages 20 points a game, and if she continues at that pace, she will break the school record. 

Binghamton takes the floor Thursday night at Bryant University at 7 p.m. 

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