During the college basketball season, Stony Brook does not immediately come to mind as a "must see" team. However, with the arrival of Preye Preboye on campus, that opinion may soon change.
Preboye is a 6'6" forward from Springfield, Mass. Before enrolling at Stony Brook, he spent a year at Winchendon Prep School where he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.
In two games this season, Preboye is third on the team in scoring at 10 points per game and second in rebounding with 5.5 per game. He leads the Seawolves in steals with five although he plays a little less than 15 minutes a game.
Currently, Preboye is playing behind Stony Brook's senior leading scorer Muhammad El-Amin. Coming off the bench, Preboye unleashes a dose of athleticism the opposition is not prepared to face.
He is already an accomplished defender who is able and eager to guard the opponent's best player. Preboye is a lethal weapon on the fast break as he can run the floor as well as anyone on the team.
Preboye is a left-handed player that does not look like one. He can drive to his left or right and is equally adept to finish with either hand. Once Preboye improves his three-point shooting, he will become almost impossible to defend.
Teaming Preboye with senior point guard Eddie Castellanos and the 6'10" Desmond Adedeji, Stony Brook possesses one of the best reserve units in the America East Conference.
Last season, Stony Brook finished 16-14 overall and 8-8 in conference play. Both those totals respectively represent the best the Seawolves have done in their eight years as a member of the America East.
That is quite the accomplishment for a team that started two freshmen, Bryan Dougher and Dallis Joyner, every game last year.
The Seawolves are currently undefeated with wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore and Division III Mount Saint Mary College. With the help of Preboye, Stony Brook will soon find itself at the top of the America East and dancing in March.
It is too early to call Preboye the best player in Stony Brook history just yet. However, if one does it now, he will looked upon as a college basketball genius four years from now.