Senior guard Shania “Shorty” Johnson and redshirt-junior guard Akwasi Yeboah have wasted no time taking the helm of the women’s and men’s basketball teams, respectively. Both are averaging over 17 points per game and have already been recognized as America East Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Akwasi Yeboah took charge of the Stony Brook Men’s Basketball offense in the team’s game Thursday against Columbia, scoring a career-high 30 points as the Seawolves defeated the Lions 76-66.
Sturdivant described the joy of winning that first championship at Stony Brook as “an amazing feeling.” But it remains to be seen what a second championship at Stony Brook would feel like, but if the Seawolves were to capture one, it would be on the back of Sturdivant’s leadership.
Now in his second season coaching the Seawolves, he will have the chance to develop young guards such as Cornish and McKenzie as well as continuing to establish a foundation for the culture he is forging at Stony Brook.
Last season, the Stony Brook men’s basketball team faced an uphill battle the likes of which they had not seen in years. Critics and reporters did not give the Seawolves the time of day, ranking them seventh out of nine teams in the America East preseason rankings just before the 2016-2017 season kicked off.