Imani Watkins(High Point Andrews High School) named America East Rookie of the Week for the third time this season:Imani on a roll

Posted by Press Release on December 22, 2014 at 11:40 am under College, High School | 4 Comments to Read

Imani Watkins is REALLY getting it done for the Binghamton University Bearcats……


VESTAL, N.Y. — For the third time this season, freshman guard Imani Watkins has been named the America East Rookie of the Week. She earned the accolade by averaging 21.5 points in a pair of games this past week.

Watkins poured in a career-high 29 points in the Bearcats’ 72-67 win over Rider on Sunday afternoon. She went 11-for-22 from the field and had no turnovers in 39 minutes of play. In the process, Watkins finished with the highest point total by a Binghamton player since Orla O’Reilly also had 29 points against Siena on Nov. 15, 2011. In the Bearcats other game last week, Watkins had 14 points against Siena on Dec. 19.

For the season, Watkins is averaging a team-best 17.0 points per game. She has reached double figures in scoring 10 times and has three games with at least 20 points.

Binghamton has now posted the America East Rookie of the Week four times in the first six weeks of the 2014-15 season. In addition to Watkins being selected on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, freshman point guard Jasmine Sina was honored on Dec. 1.

Watkins is the first Bearcat player to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors three times since Jasbriell Swain was chosen a program-record five times during the 2010-11 campaign. Andrea Holmes was tabbed four times during the 2008-09 season. Both Holmes and Swain went on to be named the America East Rookie of the Year.

Through 12 games this season, Watkins and Sina (14.9 ppg.) are on track to have the highest scoring averages by a freshman in Binghamton program history. Bess Greenberg averaged 13.4 points during the 1997-98 season while current Bearcat assistant coach Leah Truncale averaged 13.3 points one year later. Since the program moved up to the NCAA Division I level 13 years ago, the top rookie average has been 10.0 points per game by Holmes in 2008-08.

Binghamton returns to action next Sunday at home against Bucknell at 2 p.m.

  • good players in the area said,

    It’s good to see kids from this area doing well in college. Everybody knows this area can produce very good boys players but there are a lot of very good girls that come from this area.

  • Mary said,

    Good Players

    It seems like when she was here that she was hardly mentioned in last years class. I guess being from High Point does not count or is it the High school that she was from? Andrews?

  • That is just the way it is said,

    There is no doubt that Imani was a really good player. I think part of what happens is that some of the these teams and players only play 1 or 2 games a year against other teams & players that are good locally so you only hear about it either when these type of games occur. If a player is putting up 15 or more pts nightly, then you are likely to hear about them. It also does not hurt to play at some of the hot spots for basketball such as Dudley, Page, GDS, WES or even SW. There have only been a few girls each year that everybody talks about or making the headlines. I bet most people could not name more than 3 female players that they believe are worth naming nightly (not at their school). Girls basketball unfortunately does not get the same attention. I am sure we all could name 10 or more boys that everybody has heard of locally.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Imani’s name used to show up here at this site quite a bit….When she signed with Binghamton University we were there(at HP Andrews signing) and we met her one night when she was out at NEG for game and she was almost shocked to meet us since we had written so much about her and we in the beginning didn’t even know who she was…But we found her….Loved the name and I have always been a big stickler for names….

    We put a lot of these kids on the map and many of them hit it indirectly but they hit it….Paris vs. Shay became a made for radio series when we hit it, Nini Whitaker was a guard at Page nobody had heard of and she got college money, Miranda Jenkins became a household name in here, Ronata Rogers became Rodney Rogers long lost cousin in here, Helen Terry was given a key to our site, The NWG girls got their birthright here, it goes on and on, but you have to read it here pretty much every day to be with it all…It has been here and it continues to be here…On almost all of our games last year when we did broadcast we did both boys and girls games….

    If we missed a kid, it would surprise me…Last year’s Shane’s Rib Shack shows featured Bishop McGuinness, St. Pius girls(Heard sisters, Ava Casper and more), Greensboro Day School girls(Tamera Thorpe and Caroline Spurr), Caldwell Academy girls(Hannah Houser and Peyton Kadlecek), Kara Shutt(SEG), the all-time leading scorer from Southern Guilford, Alyiah Grinage from Northern Guilford and many more….

    I could walk away today knowing we did our part here, and we could have done more, but the good lord only made seven days….

    Just talking, but if somebody else wants to try and top what we have done here, have at it and more power to you, but you better go and get yourselves about a 5-10 man staff…