Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ahmad Reid signs NLI to complete men's hoops recruiting class

The Stony Brook men's basketball team has completed its recruiting class of 2012 with the addition of Port Washington native Ahmad Reid, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves this fall. 
"Ahmad is as exciting and athletic a player as we have ever had in the program," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "He's a great kid who comes from a great family, and we're thrilled to have him join our program. It's also nice to bring a local kid back home to Long Island, where he will get to play in front of his family and friends. He's a get-to-the-basket athlete, and he will fit right in here at Stony Brook."

Reid is currently finishing his third year at the Berkshire School, located in Sheffield, Mass., where he was a star on the court for the Bears and became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,745 points and has the school's single-game points record of 49. He was named the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012. He also was a two-time first-team All-NEPSAC performer.

Reid is a four-sport star at Berkshire, also playing football and lacrosse and running track.

"Ahmad Reid will be a great fit for Coach Pikiell's style of play at Stony Brook," Berkshire boys basketball coach Peter Kinne said. "He will run the floor as well as anyone in America East right from his first game. Ahmad has the potential to be an All-Conference type of player during his career with the Seawolves."

Reid is a 6'4 guard originally from Port Washington, N.Y. He spent one year at Schreiber High School before transferring to St. Dominic's High School, where he was named All-Nassau County by in 2009.

Reid's addition completes a formidable Stony Brook recruiting class of 2012. Joining Reid will be forward Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.), Carson Puriefoy III (Wenonah, N.J.) and Ryan Burnett (Richmond, Va.).



Warney finished his Roselle Catholic career as the high school's all-time leading scorer with 1,968 points. He averaged 17 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 blocks and was named second-team All-New Jersey and first-team All-Union County.

Puriefoy averaged 22.6 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 58% from the field and 44% from three-point range during his senior year and became Bishop Eustace's second all-time leading scorer with 1,688 points. He joined Warney on the All-New Jersey second team and was also first-team All-South Jersey, first-team All-Camden County, first-team All-Non Public and second-team All-Senior.

Burnett wrapped up his Benedictine Prep career by helping lead his squad to a seventh-place finish at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, the most prestigious Catholic High School tournament in the country. He also has been selected to participate in the 804 All-Star Game, which annually showcases Virginia's best players, on May 12.

"This is an exciting time for us," Pikiell said. "Ahmad really compliments this recruiting class. We have a big man in Jameel, a true point guard in Carson, a left-handed wing in Ryan and now a slasher in Ahmad. This is the best recruiting class we've had in my tenure, and I'm excited to coach this team in the fall."

The Seawolves are coming off their most successful season in the program's Div. I history. Stony Brook went 22-10 and captured its second America East regular season championship in the last three seasons. The team also advanced to the NIT for the second time in three years and narrowly fell to BIG EAST member Seton Hall in the first round. Stony Brook finished fourth in the nation in rebounding margin (+8.3) and 13th in scoring defense (59.1 PPG allowed).

In addition to the four newcomers, Stony Brook will return nine letterwinners and two starters from last season's team, including 2012 America East Defensive Player of the Year Tommy Brenton.