Former Binghamton player Emanuel “Tiki” Mayben has surfaced in the minor leagues. Mayben helped the Binghamton Bearcats win the 2008-2009 America East Championship, his lone season as a Bearcat, and then helped topple the program – he was a central figure in the Bearcats’ implosion the following offseason after he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine.
Mayben, who plead guilty in May of 2010 and was sentenced to five years probation, is suiting up for the Albany Legends in the IBL, a minor league based in the US. Mayben is joined on the Legends by former Albany Great Danes Will Harris (’09), Lucious Jordan (’06), Scotty McRae (’09) and E.J. Gallup, who spent the 2000-2001 and part of the 2001-2002 season in Albany before transferring to Coastal Carolina. Tim Ambrose, who just finished up his senior year at Albany, was close to signing with the Legends, but apparently backed out at the last minute – word is, the door is still open for a return.
It’s the latest stop for Mayben in his roller-coaster career. Once a tophigh school prospect who committed to Syracuse, Mayben was booted from his Troy High School team, enrolled at UMass only to be booted from the team, spent a season at a junior college, won a championship at Binghamton, then ruined both his and the program’s reputation. Playing for an Albany team is an about-face for Mayben, who (in)famously disowned the town during a press conference in the 2009 America East Tournament – hosted in Albany – saying, “I’m from Troy [New York], Albany never did anything for me.” (more…)