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Rodriguez earns All-Conference honors

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez has been named to the America East all-conference team, the league announced Monday afternoon. Rodriguez was slotted on the third team one year after earning All-Rookie honors. He becomes the program's 20th all-conference selection.

Binghamton's leading scorer and rebounder, Rodriguez ranks fourth in the conference in scoring (15.0 ppg.) and seventh in rebounding (6.7 rpg.). He will finish in the top-10 in the America East in scoring and rebounding for the second straight year.

"It's nice to see Willie recognized by the other coaches in the conference," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "He certainly deserved to be an all-conference selection."

In league play, Rodriguez bumped up his averages to 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. In 16 conference games, he shot 44 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.
Rodriguez has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games this season and has four double-doubles. He has scored 20 or more points seven times, including 24 in BU's key win over Maine on Saturday. That win gave the Bearcats the No. 5 seed in the upcoming America East tournament - the program's highest seed since its championship run in 2009.

In two seasons, Rodriguez has accumulated 813 points and 370 rebounds and is easily on pace to become the program's all-time leader (Div. I era) in each category.

Binghamton America East All-Conference selections
2001-02
Jeffrey St. Fort, 3rd Team
Nick Billings, All-Rookie
2002-03
Anthony Green, 1st Team
Nick Billings, 2nd Team, Defensive Player of Year
2003-04
Nick Billings, 2nd Team
Brandon Carter, 3rd Team
Troy Hailey, All-Rookie
2004-05
Andre Heard, 2nd Team
2005-06
Andre Heard, 1st Team, All-Defensive
Sebastian Hermenier, 2nd Team, All-Defensive
Mike Gordon, 3rd Team, All-Defensive
2006-07
Mike Gordon, 2nd Team, All-Defensive
Lazar Trifunovic, All-Rookie
2007-08
Mike Gordon, 2nd Team, All-Defensive
Lazar Trifunovic, 3rd Team
2008-09
Emanuel Mayben, 2nd Team
D.J. Rivera, 2nd Team
Reggie Fuller, 3rd Team, All-Defensive
2009-10
Greer Wright, 1st Team
Dylan Talley, 3rd Team, Rookie of Year, All-Rookie
2010-11
Mahamoud Jabbi, 3rd Team, All-Defensive
2011-12
Ben Dickinson, All-Rookie
2012-13
Jordan Reed, 3rd Team, All-Rookie
2013-14
Jordan Reed, 2nd Team
Yosef Yacob, All-Rookie
2014-15
Willie Rodriguez, All-Rookie
2015-16
Willie Rodriguez, 3rd Team

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)