Stony Brook, N.Y. - Roland Nyama, a 6-5 small forward from the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Stony Brook men's basketball team in Fall 2013, head coachSteve Pikiell announced Thursday.
"I am so happy to have Roland join our family," Pikiell said. "He is a fantastic basketball player, but more importantly he is a great person. He is versatile, talented and a hard worker."
Nyama will come to Stony Brook after graduating from the Holderness School, the same school that current Seawolves redshirt freshman Scott King attended. He was born in Cameroon, Africa before moving to Germany. He came to the United States in 2011, and last season was a NEPSAC Class AA honorable mention after averaging 16 points and six rebounds a game. He's also developed into a terrific defender, often drawing assignments all over the court, whether it's posting up in the paint or defending an opponent's point guard.
Nyama, who speaks five languages, broke out this past summer with excellent performances at the Hoop Group Elite Camp and on the AAU circuit with the Westchester Hawks. His 2012-13 season at Holderness under varsity boys basketball head coach Tony Mure begins today with practice before commencing competition on Nov. 28.
"He's a really good person and overall one of the best athletes I've ever coached," Mure said. "He's extremely quick with long arms and has a great jump shot and is great in transition. His biggest asset is his defense. Some kids like to play defense, and he's one of them. He's tenacious, keeps coming at you and is good on the ball and off the ball."
Pikiell and the Seawolves are currently 3-0 this season and are searching for their first 4-0 start in its Div. I era. Stony Brook has been picked to finish second in America East this season and has won the conference's regular season championship and appeared in the postseason NIT in two out of the last three seasons. Stony Brook will host Sacred Heart Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium, where the Seawolves have won 15 consecutive games, at 2 p.m.