Lower Merion Aces senior Justin McFadden will continue his post-secondary career at Binghamton University of the America East Conference. McFadden, a two-year starter and key returnee from the Aces? 2013 state title team, announced his decision last week following a scholarship offer earlier this summer from Bearcats coach Tommy Dempsey.
A versatile 6?5 wing and honors student, McFadden garnered interest from a number of high-academic D1 schools; ultimately, he chose Binghamton for its high-powered business school and a promising basketball situation.
?It?s a great school and a program on the rise,? said McFadden. ?I think this is a great opportunity for me.?
While the official signing period is still a few months away, McFadden chose to make his announcement before the school year.
?I thought through it and this decision makes a lot of sense. I really liked Binghamton from the start and I feel sure that it?s the right place for me.?
Below is a transcript from McFadden?s press conference announcing his decision:
Hi, everybody -- thanks for coming out today.
Before I talk about my decision to commit to Binghamton, I would like to say thanks to just a few people who helped me along the way. First and foremost, I would like to thank God for without him I am nothing. Next, my parents who have made sacrifice after sacrifice to give me every opportunity to succeed. I also want to express my gratitude to the Aces coaching staff who have shaped me into the basketball player I am today. All of my teammates over the last three years have also helped in that manner; playing against them every day has definitely made me a better basketball player. Thanks to Irv Magill for helping the Aces and me with our ball handling. Thanks to my academic advisors Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Freeland for the support they have given me throughout my time at LM. To my best friends Julia and Brittany thanks for always being there for me. Lastly, A big thank you to Aces Nation. You guys have no idea how much the team and the coaches appreciate your energy and support.
Now, to the decision. Binghamton approached me at the end of the AAU season and had me on campus the first week of August. During that trip I saw their excellent basketball facilities and an amazing campus. Coach Dempsey and staff explained to me that they wanted to bring me in because I was a high character guy who plays the game the right way. That's what really hit home with me because I pride myself on those two things and they saw that in me.I also got to meet with Dean Dhillon from the school of management and he explained to me all the opportunities available at the business school.
I left that visit very impressed with Binghamton as whole. Over the next two weeks, despite my dad?s constant jabbering, I took my time making the decision. After much thought and prayer, I knew Binghamton was the place where I had the best opportunity to succeed.Additional coverage of McFadden's decision: