Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker has announced that he will transfer, Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said.
“Ahmad and I determined that it is both in his best interest and in the best interest of the program that we part ways,” Pikiell said in a statement. “I wish Ahmad all the best in his future endeavors.”
Walker, who started 31 of the team’s 34 games this past season and averaged seven points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game will exit and have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He won the America East Rookie of the Week award twice and was one of five members on the conference’s All-Rookie team this March.
With Walker’s transfer, the Seawolves lose their second player who had eligibility remaining from the roster. Anthony Mayo graduated in May as a fourth year junior and will end his playing career due to multiple knee injuries.
Known as a slasher, Walker tallied a career-high 22 points in the Seawolves win over Maine, but scored double digit points in just three of the team’s remaining 13 games. The redshirt freshman made 47.1% of his two-pointers on the season, but struggled to shoot it when not driving to the basket. According to Hoop Math, he shot 23.1% on two-point jumpers throughout the season.
With Walker’s transfer, Longwood transfer Lucas Woodhouse is the only player at Stony Brook who hails from New York on the roster.
Stony Brook returns America East conference Player of the Year Jameel Warney and second team All-America East point guard Carson Puriefoy to a roster that won 23 games last season.
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