DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern men's basketball coach Kelly Green has announced the addition of four signees for the 2014-15 season, welcoming Sami Bzai, Antonio Ferreira, Nathan Jackson and Joseph Aikens to the squad.
Three of SE's new additions, Bzai, Ferreira and Jackson transfer to SE from the junior college ranks, while Aikens enters as a true freshman.
Ferreira, a guard/forward combo who will be a sophomore for the Storm, makes the longest trip to Southeastern by way of Massasoit CC in Boston, Mass., where he averaged 16.6 ppg last season and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor.
"Antonio," said Green, "Comes to SE from Massasoit CC in Boston where he led them in rebounding and was second in scoring. He scores the ball in a variety of ways and will give us a bigger guard who can create his own shoot and attack the basket. He rebounds very well from the guard position."
Bzai, a guard, will make the trek to Durant from the west where he played at Mesa CC in Mesa, Ariz. There he averaged 10.4 ppg last season with 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assist per outing as well. He shot 42.2 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from behind the arc while helping his team to a Region 1 Championship.
"Sami is a proven shooter who can score off the pass or bounce, said Green. "He comes from an excellent JC program at Mesa CC, and we are very excited that he has chosen SE and believe he will bring instant scoring ability to the guard position."
Jackson, a guard who will play on the wings, is a Wichita, Kan., native who will be making the move from Hutchinson CC. There he averaged 9.9 ppg with 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.
"Nathan is a versatile basketball player," said Green, "Who will give us scoring, rebounding and defensive ability from the wing position. We look for Nathan to make an instant impact in our program and bring maturity and a winning mentality to our team. We are extremely excited he has chosen to continue his athletic and academic career here at SE."
Aikens, a guard from Jacksonville, Ark., played ball for North Pulaski HS and will come to Southeastern as a true freshman. He has his senior season cut short due to injury but managed to average 12 ppg to go with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per contest.
"Joseph is a very athletic guard who can play either guard position," said Green. "He does a good job of attacking the basket and creating shots for others. Joseph was hurt most of his SR. year in HS. He is a very talented guard who we believe will have an excellent career for the Savage Storm."