Men's hoops graduates four seniors who go on to sign pro contracts
Oct. 26, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - It’s not every day a collegiate basketball player gets to turn pro. And it’s certainly not every day that four collegiate basketball players from the same school turns pro in the same year. Stony Brook’s incredibly talented senior class of 2012 can now boast that after Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Al Rapier (Chicago, Ill.) both recently signed contracts to play professional basketball. They join Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) and Danny Carter (Windsor, England), who both signed over the summer. Four student-athletes, four college graduates, four pros.
“I’m excited and thrilled that all four of our seniors have gone on to become professional basketball players,” head coach Steve Pikiell said. “They worked hard here at Stony Brook on the court to take this basketball program to a new level, worked hard in the classroom to earn their college degrees and now have gone on to fulfill their dreams to become professional athletes. I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
Dougher has signed a contract to play for the Ringwood Hawks of the Australian Basketball Association, located in Heathmont near Melbourne. The season runs from March to August, and he’s joining a team that captured the Big V Basketball state championship in 2012. In the meantime, Dougher will also serve as an assistant basketball coach at Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J.
Dougher graduated this past spring after becoming Stony Brook’s all-time leading Div. I scorer with 1,609 points. He also is the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 337. He was a first-team All-America East and second-team NABC All-District selection in 2011-12 after leading the Seawolves with a 13.2 points per game average.
Rapier is currently playing with Sampaense Basket in Portugal after signing a contract last month. He joins a team that advanced to the Portuguese Cup semifinals in 2012. Rapier and the team play their first game of the regular season this Saturday.
Rapier graduated this past spring after two solid seasons in a Stony Brook uniform. He blossomed into a starter during his senior year and averaged 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field.
Joyner, who signed with Kouvot in Finland over the summer, has moved on to play for Maccabi K/B in Israel, where he is one of four Americans on the team. In his first game of the season on Oct. 16, he had 15 points and eight rebounds. In his second game on Oct. 23, he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Joyner finished his career as Stony Brook’s second all-time leading Div. I rebounder with 731. In his breakout senior season, Joyner led America East in field goal percentage at 61.1 percent while averaging 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. He was named third-team All-America East and was a member of the 2012 America East Championship All-Tournament team.
Carter is on the Reading Rockets, his former junior league team in England. In his first game of the year, an exhibition against Team USA Select, he scored 20 points and added five rebounds and five assists.
Carter was a key defensive contributor over the last four years at Stony Brook and was also a three-point specialist. He appeared in 116 career games and shot 40 percent for his career while averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds.
The four join Muhammad El-Amin in the ranks of former Seawolves currently playing professional basketball. El-Amin, the 2010 America East Player of the Year, currently plays for FCM Ferentino in Italy and is averaging 8.0 points per game.