When Bino Ranson showed up at New Hampshire College in the fall of 1994, men's basketball coach Stan Spirou saw a player who seemed misplaced in Division II and a little out of his element on the leafy New England college campus outside Manchester.
"He had that Baltimore game. He was like a Sam Cassell, a scoring guard who could play the point and make people better," recalled Spirou, who is going into his 31st season at the school. "We were fortunate to get someone with his talent. He had mid-major [Division I] talent coming out of high school."
Along with the talent was Ranson's work ethic.
"He always came to practice with a full pail and had...