Dave Bing was an unassuming player. He did not believe that his ability to play was of the caliber of other high profile players selected by high profile schools although he was recruited by those schools. His talent was recognized by the coaching staffs, and they were disappointed when he chose to attend Syracuse, a lower profile school. He reasoned that he would be able to make a name for himself there. He worked hard to overcome adversity and honed marketable skills to detract from his deficiencies.