Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook men’s basketball head coach Steve Pikiellhas announced that 6-6, 230-pound forward Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) has signed a grant-in aid offer to attend Stony Brook University and play for the Seawolves beginning in the upcoming 2013-14 season. McGrew will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I’m very excited to add Rayshaun McGrew to our Stony Brook men’s basketball family,” Pikiell said. “We’re getting a very physical front court player, who can shoot the ball, rebound and defend well. Most importantly, we’re getting a quality young man who will fit in well with our team and do all the right things. He adds outstanding depth to our already strong front court.”
McGrew comes to Stony Brook after two years at Cowley County Community College, a competitive junior college located in Arkansas City, Kan. He played one season for the Tigers and averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds a game while shooting 53.4 percent from the field. He helped the Tigers to a 21-11 record and helped them advance to the second round of the NJCAA Region VI Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“Rayshaun is a rare kid who has a toughness on the court, works hard and is a good, genuine person off the court,” Cowley County Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tommy DeSalme said. “He is a blue collar glue guy. He does all the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet that help you win. He has a high motor, plays hard, defends well, rebounds the ball and can hit the consistent 15-foot jumper. And he’ll keep getting better offensively. Rayshaun is the type of person that doesn’t have to score to say that he had a good game. His best basketball is ahead of him, and he’ll make a great ambassador for Stony Brook.”
Prior to his junior college experience, McGrew was a four-year starter at Chicago Vocational Career Academy and captained the Cavaliers his senior season. As a senior in 2010-11, he was an All-Public League Conference and All-City selection and was also All-State honorable mention. He led the team in scoring (17.2 per game) rebounding (9.7 per game) and field goal percentage (56.7).
McGrew will join fellow newcomers Chris Braley and Roland Nyama, redshirt freshmen Ryan Burnett, Kameron Mitchell and Ahmad Walker and seven returning letterwinners to form the 2013-14 Seawolves team that will seek to build upon last season’s record-breaking squad that won a Div. I program record 25 games, including the program’s first-ever national postseason win, and captured the America East regular season championship for the third time in the last four years. Among the returnees are 2013 America East Rookie of the Year Jameel Warney, All-America East guardDave Coley and starting point guard Anthony Jackson.