Former Stony Brook star Jameel Warney, who led USA to the FIBA AmeriCup gold medal last week and was named tournament MVP, is hoping for an NBA contract.
“It’s my goal to make it to the NBA one day. It’s all about how you capitalize off this momentum right here,” Warney told gleague.nba.com. “I believe I’m a winner, and teams want those in their locker room, great locker room guys. I just need to continue to work hard on my skills and I’ll be there sooner or later.”
The 6-8, 260-pound forward was recognized as the best player at September’s AmeriCup when he averaged 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds to lead the US to a 5-0 record and the tournament championship.
Warney played in the NBA G League this season, averaging 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in a strong year for the Texas Legends.
“Seeing the growth of (Warney’s) game from when I met him first in Mavs’ camp to now and to see him succeed, I’m just really excited and happy for him,” said Warney’s Legends and USA teammate C.J. Williams.
A college star at Stony Brook, Warney graduated as the school’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played, and was a three-time America East Conference Player of the Year.
One of the Stony Brook’s all-time greats, Warney had his number 20 retired by the school earlier this year.
“His legacy at Stony Brook is unmatched,” said school AD Shawn Heilbron.
ESPN’s No. 24 ranked power forward in the 2012 high school class, Warney averaged 17 points, 13.5 rebounds, and a whopping 3.5 blocks as a senior at Roselle Catholic (NJ).
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