Point guard Lucas Woodhouse officially joined the Stony Brook roster, transferring to the Seawolves from Longwood University in Virginia.
The Harborfields High School graduate, who has two more seasons of eligibility, announced on twitter in April that he would be transferring to play for the Seawolves. In doing so he becomes the first four year school scholarship transfer to join the roster since Desmond Adedeji joined the team from the University of Dayton. Adedeji played during the 2008-09 season, averaging 2.9 points per game as a junior and missing his senior season with an injury.
“We are excited and thrilled that Lucas has chosen to come home and play for our program at Stony Brook,” Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said in a statement. “He comes from a great family and one of the great basketball programs here on Long Island in Harborfields, where he won a state championship.”
Next season’s roster will feature Woodhouse and freshman Ahmad Walker as the only two players on the Seawolves roster that call New York home. However, the Longwood transfer will sit this coming season and be eligible to compete during the 2015-16 season. Stony Brook does not plan to put in a waiver for him to be eligible to compete during the 2014-15 season.
His addition to the roster would have put the Seawolves over the 13 scholarship limit for men’s basketball, but redshirt junior Anthony Mayo will graduate in four years, end his playing career and go to graduate school at the University.
Mayo came in to Stony Brook from Roman Catholic High School in New Jersey and led the Seawolves in blocks as a freshman. However, he suffered a knee injury that cost him his 2011-12 season and forced him to take a medical redshirt. Those lingering knee problems hindered his 2013-14 season and resulted in another surgery that has effectively ended his playing career.
He scored 32 points this season after registering 75 the previous year. He saw diminished time in the Seawolves rotation and was typically used to spell time for America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney, but Mayo averaged 9.2 minutes per game this season after averaging 12 minutes per game the year before. He had just 11 blocks this past season.
Woodhouse started every game this season for the Lancers, ranking fifth in the country with 6.7 assists per game. He boasted the ninth highest assist rate in the country this season, according to the statistics on KenPom.com, assisting on 38.2% of the Lancers field goals made when he was on the floor. His 213 assists tied him for eighth place, sharing that spot with Iowa State senior DeAndre Kane.
The second year player transferred out of the Big South school after the season ended. He was third on his team with 11.5 points per game, but was the only Lancer to start all 32 games.
Woodhouse, upon transferring, was restricted from joining any other school in the Big South conference or from choosing Florida International; the school where former Lancers head coach Mike Gillian is an assistant after he resigned following the 2012-13 season.
Mayo’s graduation guarantees that the Seawolves will not have a scholarship senior on the roster. When next season begins, eight of the school’s 13 scholarships will be dedicated to players who are either sophomores or freshmen.
Ryan Restivo covers the America East conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.