SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick —Canadian point guard Marvin Binney is returning to the Port City of Saint John, fresh off his summer of improvement in The Alamo City of San Antonio, Texas.
“Marv grew so much in one year and improved himself in every facet of point guard play. He is a tenacious on-the-ball and team defender, a strong downhill threat at any time with his strength and aggressiveness, and is just a fantastic teammate and internal leader,” Head Coach and General Manager Nelson Terroba said.
“He really grew as a pick and roll playmaker and was able to learn so much by playing alongside Horace Wormely last year, who was a great mentor to Marv,” Terroba said.
The 6-foot-3 Toronto, Canada native is returning to the Riptide after completing his second season in NBL Canada.
“I loved how Saint John stood by me through m
y ups and downs throughout the season with my injuries,” Binney said. “I really felt it was a good place to continue to grow in my career as a basketball player. Some factors that played in is the style of play, the coaching staff, the fans, and the ability to learn everyday as a ball player.”
Improvement is the name of the game for Binney.
“This summer I’ve been going through an amazing weight and agility program with the best trainer in San Antonio, Raynáld Ray,” Binney said. “I’ve been also working hard on the court on specific aspects of my game that i was weaker in last season. And of course, you can never get enough shooting.”
The fan support in Saint John is undeniable to anyone who plays or coaches for the Riptide. For Binney, he chose Saint John over teams because of the support and culture he got to be a part of every day.
“I definitely enjoyed the fan love! I loved how the fans interacted with us and how involved they were with us as a team,” Binney said. “I loved the basketball culture Coach Nelson was trying to instill in us– I would love that to continue. I would also like to thank God and the Riptide organization for believing in me to bring me back for another year! Let’s have a good one!”
The Riptide look forward to Binney being even more impactful with a full year of experience under his belt.
“I really think Marv just scratched the surface last year. He was a sponge,” Terroba said. “We appreciated how he handled adversity in the forms of injury when he was just starting to get his rhythm. He came to work every day with a smile on his face and a determination to compete at the highest level.”
Binney graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he averaged 13 points a game as a senior while receiving his degree in Communications with a minor in Exercise Sports Science.
“I think Marv will hit the ground running this year and continue to make his mark on our team and program,” Terroba said. “The future is bright for Marv.”
Link to Highlight Video: https://youtu.be/ZpOv-hCAWSQ
Link to Season Stats: http://www.nblcanada.ca/sports/mbkb/201