Tyrell Sturdivant knew it almost as soon as he left Stony Brook’s campus Monday.
Sturdivant didn’t necessarily expect to offer a verbal commitment when he made his way there for an unofficial visit, but as soon as he and his family were pulling away from the school, Sturdivant knew he’d found the place for him.
“It was just something that my parents and I talked about after the visit on the way home,” Sturdivant said. “They saw that it was a good fit and so did I, so that’s when I decided to commit.”
Rivals.com’s Alex Kline first reported the news. Sturdivant also held offers from the likes of Albany, Fairfield, LIU-Brooklyn, Delaware, Florida Atlantic and Rider. It was the the total package that SBU offered, though, that made him feel like it could be his home for the next four years.
“I felt like it was my best opportunity to compete for minutes and the academics are top of the line at Stony Brook,” Sturdivant said. “I want to major in sports management or just business overall, and then I met the basketball adviser, Courtney Rickard. She was so helpful and basically made me want to commit on the spot.”
Stony Brook‘s four-out, one-in motion offense also appealed to the 6-7, 220-pound Sturdivant. He spent the first three years of his career at Glasgow (Del.), where he averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks last season, before transferring to Chester this year.
He figures to be one of the Clippers’ go-to guys as they chase another Class AAAA state title. Four seniors leave the Seawolves’ roster after this upcoming season, meaning that early playing time will be available for Sturdivant.
“They like to play the four-out, one-in sometimes, so I can be that out guy or the in guy in that offense,” said Sturdivant, who plays his AAU ball for WE-R-1. “They also like to run the floor and that’s one of my strengths, so it’s a good fit.”
Sturdivant never thought that distance would be a factor for him, especially considering his interest in Florida Atlantic, but ultimately, he found that SBU offered just the right location for him.
“It’s a perfect distance,” Sturdivant said. “It’s far enough for me to be on my own and grow up, but it’s not too far for my family to come up for games, either. But I don’t think location really mattered. It’s just about the best fit.”
Which Sturdivant seems to have found. The Seawolves went 25-8 last season and were the No. 1 seed in the America East tournament last year before they fell, 61-59, to conference champion Albany.
SBU missed out on the NCAA tournament but earned a berth in the NIT, where it upset No. 2 seed UMass, 71-58, before falling to NIT runnerup Iowa, 75-63.
Sturdivant starts up the new list of Delco basketball verbals. City of Basketball Love also spoke with Sturdivant about his commitment.
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