VESTAL (WBNG) — A star was born the night Sam Sessoms was first introduced as a Binghamton Bearcat. Sessoms dropped 27 points in his collegiate debut inside the Events Center and that was just the beginning. The freshman guard has earned America East Rookie of the Week honors five times already this season and entered Tuesday night as the seventh leading scorer out of all freshman in the country at the Division I level. Sessoms is 12 Sports’ Athlete of the Week, and for the West Philadelphia native, the sky is the limit.
“His ceiling is to be one of the better point guards in the country,” said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey.
As the team leader in points, assists and steals, Sessoms is quickly making a name for himself in a Bearcats uniform.
“What drives me is where I’m from,” said Binghamton freshman guard Sam Sessoms. “Philadelphia, my neighborhood in particular West Philadelphia, it built my character. It built me as a person. My family comes from a rough neighborhood, so basically my family, my neighborhood, it just drives me to want to do better for myself and for my people.”
“He’s going to be one of the best players to come through here,” said Dempsey. “He could be one of the best players to come through our conference.”
Despite setting The Shipley School record for points scored with 2,091 in high school, the interest from Division I colleges was slow.
“He was frustrated in the recruiting process that he didn’t have any offers at that time,” said Dempsey. “So, once we were his first offer, he quickly came to campus with his dad and one of his mentors and we sat down and we talked and he was like, ‘This is where I want to be.'”
But, no one knew Sessoms would be this good so quickly.
“I’m confident,” said Sessoms. “So, I always expected to come in and do great, like just do great things from the jump, but that’s just something you always say inside your head, that’s something everybody think. But, I honestly didn’t know I’d be able to come in and contribute this much to the team and be important my freshman year.”
The freshman guard still has a lot of buckets to get over the next three and a half years, but with Sessoms the future is bright at BU.
“Just doing what you love,” said Sessoms. “Most people define success by how much money you make, where you’re living at, but at the end of the day everybody’s situation is different. Everybody’s not going to get to the same peaks and places they want to go in life, but if you pick a profession that doesn’t pay too much that can’t get you in a certain place where you always dreamed about, if you’re doing it, happy, and then your family is as well, that’s success for me.”
Sessoms and the Bearcats play at Stony Brook on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m.