Monday, March 9, 2009

Binghamton U's DJ Rivera gets snubbed as America East Player of the Year

Even though Binghamton University guard DJ Rivera averaged 20.2 points per game and is regarded by many as having the best talent of any player in the America East conference, he was not chosen as the conference's Player of the Year, nor was he in the top five to make the All-Conference team. In fact, no one from the BU Bearcats was chosen, even though they are the best team in the America East and are playing for the conference championship this Sunday.

The awards are voted on by coaches in the America East and many of them are unhappy with Binghamton head coach Kevin Broadus. Since becoming BU's head man, Broadus has accepted transfers of questionable character, with Rivera being one of them.

Rivera transferred from St. Joseph's and was academically ineligible for a semester last year, but did not have to sit out a season due to the NCAA's "hardship waiver rule."

This was basically a statement being made by coaches of teams like Albany, Vermont and Boston University, who are also in the conference.
“It wasn’t a protest toward the kid at all,” said Patrick Nero, the America East commissioner. “It was a protest toward the N.C.A.A. in allowing him to be eligible. It’s unfortunate, I don’t think it’s right. It’s unfair to the young man. He didn’t do anything wrong.”
(Quote courtesy The New York Times. The local Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin in no way contributed to this report.)

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