Corey Bingham is the first recruit of the Barbee era at UTEP. The cousin of Memphis guard Anderson and native of Lynn, Massachusetts, gave his word to Barbee this week. A 6-foot-2 shooting guard/combo guard, the post-graduate is a crafty scorer and something of a sleeper coming out of Lee Academy in Lee, Maine.
His best attribute? The ability to put it in the hole.
"He can score in a variety of ways," said Lee Academy coach Carl Parker. "He's got a little bit of that 40 year-old guy who has played college ball in the rec. league in him. He can score without leaving his feet. He's deceptive. He can shoot the ball, and also put it on the floor."
Bingham travelled with the New England Playaz on the AAU circuit the past two seasons. Playaz President T.J. Gassnola has commended Bingham's gutsy play and ability to rise to his level of competition.
"I think he can play with anybody in the country," Gassnola told Scout.com at the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas in July. "I think he's shown that he can play with the elite players."
According to Parker, Bingham received heavy interest from Drexel and Tennessee-Chattanooga. He had also heard from UNLV, Pepperdine, Maine, and Rhode Island based on his summer exploits.
While he is a natural shooting guard, Parker believes that Bingham's ability to play both backcourt spots adds to his appeal.
"He can play the point, but with the players we have this year, we won't need him to," said Parker. "He just has a nose for scoring.
"I think (UTEP) feels that they're getting a pretty good player for their league. I think there's a certain comfort zone knowing that he can score the ball the way he can but also play the point. There's a comfort in that versatility."