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Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton University Men's basketball freshman Sam Sessoms can check off another prestigious award to his historic freshman career in a Bearcats jersey. Sessoms was named to the CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team, the organization announced on Monday. He is one of 30 freshmen across the country selected to the team, which will then lead to the Freshman of the Year choice, revealed at the Final Four in Minneapolis.
The Kyle Macy award committee is a 15 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Kentucky All-American Kyle Macy is the chairman of the awards committee.
Sessoms produced a breakout rookie campaign that included America East Rookie of the Year and third team all-conference honors and a multitude of records and accolades. He averaged 17.8 points and 3.5 assists and became the first freshman in 16 years to finish in the conference top-five in scoring and assists. He ranks fifth in the nation in freshman scoring and his points (588) and season scoring average are second-most in BU's 18-year Division I era.
"This is a great honor for Sam," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "To be in the same company as some of the top players in the country just shows you what a special start he has had to his career."
In the last 18 years, only one America East freshman from any team has had a higher scoring average.
Sessoms scored 20 or more points 12 times, including a record-tying 34 points against Hartford on Feb. 27. He was named America East; Rookie of the Week seven times, the most weekly rookie honors of any BU player in program history and the third-most in the 40-year history of the America East.