Binghamton University basketball players talk classroom success with local middle schoolers

Published 12/19 2016 05:41PM

Updated 12/20 2016 05:06PM

The Binghamton University Men's Basketball team took a break from the court to talk to kids about the importance of success in the classroom.

The team stopped by Binghamton's East Middle School to talk with students.

The players talked about their backgrounds, why they chose Binghamton and the importance of scholastic success.

In addition, they discussed their on-the-court-skills as well as what they do in their spare time.

Students were able to ask questions including what led them to basketball and ways they manage their time.

B.U. Senior Guard Marlon Beck says he remembers being in the students' shoes.

"I used to look up to all of the people that spoke to us. My sister is 5 years older than I am, and she was a big influence in my life regarding doing well on the court and in the classroom. I know how much it means for these kids for us to come. For our entire team to come as a whole means a lot more to them," said Beck.

Tayvia Wright and McKenzie Ellsworth are in 8th grade.

They say they took a lot away from the discussion.

"When they talked about being careful who your friends are, I started to understand that's what I need to focus on, knowing who my friends are and who I associate myself with," said Wright.

 "If you do well inside in school and outside of school, you can achieve many things. If you're doing well in classes, you can also do sports," said Ellsworth.

Students also inquired about what it takes to play on a college basketball team.

They also got a detailed rundown of their practices.

The assembly is part of the "Stay In to Win" program and is sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

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