Sessoms Named Rookie of Year, 3rd Team All-ConferencePosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton University Men's basketball freshman guard Sam Sessoms was selected as the America East Rookie of the Year, the conference announced Friday morning. The Pennsylvania native, a seven-time Rookie of the week choice, also received third team all-conference honors in a vote of the league's nine head coaches. It doesn't stop there, it was announced shortly after that he also received America East Hoops Fan 'Choice Player of the Year.'
"This is the definitely the biggest accomplishment I've made so far in my basketball career" said Sessoms. "It's a pretty good feeling. I've done a lot and have a lot of awards during my basketball years but this is definitely the best one, because I did it at a Division I level."
As soon as Sessoms put a Bearcats jersey on, he was making a difference for Binghamton. In the freshman's first collegiate basketball debut he led the team with 27 points and four assists.
"He deserved this award every step of the way" said head coach Tommy Dempsey. "He really didn't ever hit a freshman wall. He never had a bad stretch in the season. It was overall just a specials season for him."
Sessoms becomes the Second Binghamton University player to receive the major award after a record-breaking season, that included 12 games of 20 or more points, including a record-tying 34 points against Hartford on Feb. 27 and a 32-point showing against UMass Lowell on Jan. 23.
His 12 20+ point games this season are second-most in BU history and he also ranks 28th in the country in made field goals. He remains No. 5 in the entire nation in freshman scoring and has established BU freshman records for points, assists, steals and 3-pointers in a season. Sessoms' scoring averages (overall and AE only) rank second in school history, behind only D.J. Rivera (20.2 ppg. overall, 19.7 in AE in 2008-09).
"Playing basketball is easy" said Sessoms. "But, it isn't easy to just go out there and put up good numbers. You have to really work on your craft. But, a lot of the hard things, for me, it's not about going out there and playing it's all about how you prepare for the actual moment. For me, it usually doesn't involve basketball. The hardest thing for me, is how I go about myself in basketball and in life. That's what will improve me as a basketball player. But, going out there and just playing basketball, waking up, tying my shoes, shooting and passing, that's easy, it's the little things that are hard."
J.C. Show earned a spot on the America East Basketball All-Academic Team for the second straight year. A graduate student in BU's public administration master's program, Show has a 3.80 GPA after achieving a 3.87 mark as an undergraduate student.