On Thursday, April 5, Tunkhannock Area’s Paul Binner Jr. had 40 assists in a Tiger win over Wyoming Area. The 6’3” home schooled sophomore also racked up five blocks and three aces in that game. Earlier in the week, Binner had 17 assists at Delaware Valley. For his accomplishments, Binner has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Sophomore, 16, Tunkhannock
Family: Dad: Paul Sr. Mom: Lynne. Siblings: Kayla (18) and Marcus (12)
Other sports I play: Basketball.
Athletes I admire: LeBron James.
Favorite Movie: “Lord of the Rings” Triology
Favorite TV show: “The Office”
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Band/Artist: AJR
Favorite school subject: Math
Three people I’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: St. Padre Pio, my deceased grandpa Carl Binner, and Kevin Hart
Biggest Role Model: My parents because they inspire me and push me to be the best in everything I do.
Post-graduation plans: I plan to go to Penn State for electrical engineering.
Superstitions or rituals: I try to pray before each game.
When did you start your sport? I started playing competitively in seventh grade, but I’ve always been around the sport. My mom played volleyball for Tunkhannock and continued to play, so I’ve been around it since birth.
Do you compete in this sport outside of the normal school season? I play walleyball at Shadowbrook.
Favorite school to compete at and why? Probably Tunkhannock because it is where I feel most comfortable.
What is your favorite sport to watch? NBA basketball
Favorite professional team? OKC Thunder
You have a hobby that includes solving Rubik’s Cubes. Do you go to competitions? Yes, I recently was in a competition where I finished seventh out of 100 people. My personal best time solving a normal cube is 6.009 seconds. I also have move than 60 different size and shape puzzles that I completed.
What is your favorite sports memory? This year, when we came back to beat Crestwood after being down a lot.
The Tigers are going into Monday night’s game at North Pocono 3-1. Tell us a little about the team chemistry. We are all very close. There are no bad attitudes on the team, everyone has a great, positive attitude. We all work together as a team.
Even though you are 6’3”, you are considered shorter than teammates Evan Turner and Avery Billings. What does that feel like? It is a humbling experience. I am usually the tallest person around. It is great to have my teammates by my side, I am very comfortable with them.
How does it feel to have Coach Jud Holdredge on the sidelines? It is amazing. He was here years ago and it is great to have him back with us.
In an average contest, a player can register around 15-20 assists. You had 40 against Wyoming Valley West on Thursday. Did you realize that you had that many? No I didn’t. I found out after the game. I was extremely surprised, I had no idea.
What are your goals for season? To go far in the playoffs. Ideally I’d like for us to go to States, but our goal is the playoffs.