Stony Brook’s Steve Pikiell on 2014 Recruiting Class

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell built his 2014 recruiting class throughout the summer.

That class of three, who all made verbal commitments to the Seawolves over the summer months, all officially signed National Letters of Intent on November 13 to join the program for the 2014-15 season.

Point guard Deshaun Thrower, small forward Bryan Sekunda and power forward Tyrell Sturdivant signed Wednesday to complete Pikiell’s 2014 class of three scholarships.

“We’re excited,” Pikiell said. “We added three new players today to the program. It was a great day for us.”

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Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell (kneeling) will have four freshmen next season with Roland Nyama (right) redshirting as well as Deshaun Thrower, Tyrell Sturdivant and Bryan Sekunda.

Thrower, rated the second-best point guard in the state of Michigan, averaged 18 points per game last season at Muskegon high school. The six-foot one inch 195 pound point guard is also the quarterback for  his team and has accounted for 2,545 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns between passing and rushing.

“He plays like a football player, which I’m really excited about,” Pikiell said of Thrower on the basketball court. Pikiell said he has seen Thrower play football and he said he told Thrower after a game that he would like to see him take fewer hits by sliding or going out of bounds.

“I’d like to see him run out of bounds,” Pikiell said. “He’s one of those quarterbacks that never stops moving his feet. I told him, ‘My man, you have to start running out of bounds or taking that slide.’ He’s not one of those guys.”

State College high school commit Sekunda will be a future wing player whose father, Glenn, played basketball at Syracuse and Penn State as well as a pro career in Europe for over a decade.

“Bryan Sekunda can really shoot the ball,” Pikiell said. “He’s a three point shooter with a good IQ and great DNA. His father played 12 years in Europe. He’s a really good player.”

Pikiell said that power forward Tyrell Sturdivant profiles as a “multi-purpose forward” who can step out and make jump shots as well as show a solid post up game.

“He’s got a great body,” Pikiell said. “I’m excited. His upside is very good, but a skilled forward for us, multi-skilled, being able to put the ball on the deck.”

While the caliber of player has improved over Pikiell’s tenure, he said that he feels his recruiting has adjusted as well with the program’s improvement.

“I’m huge into kids that want to be here,” Pikiell said in the preseason. “When I first got the job I was trying to talk kids into coming and they thought they were doing me a favor. Now I want a kid that wants to be here.”

Stony Brook continues development on their arena, set to open in 2014, after a $21.1 million renovation. As part of their pitch, Pikiell said he walks his recruits into the arena that will soon be the Seawolves home.

“I used to sell a vision of what we can be as a program and now I’m able to sell results,” Pikiell said. We win league championships now. We play in postseason. We have the best arena in the league ready to open, so my pitch has changed tremendously to speculating what could happen to what is happening now at our program.”

Ryan Restivo covers the America East for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.