Former starter returning to America East contender Stony Brook after year in junior college

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Stony Brook welcomed back a former key piece as junior college transfer Ahmad Walker is returning to the Seawolves.

After starting 31 of 34 games as a redshirt freshman for Stony Brook during the 2013-14 season, Walker left the program last summer and played his sophomore season at Barton Community College.

The 6-foot-4 Walker led Barton in points (20.6), rebounds (7.7) and assists (5.5) and joins an already deep Stony Brook team that returns most of its pieces from last season’s America East title game appearance.

In his only season at Stony Brook, Walker averaged 7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and was an America East all-rookie team selection.

The Seawolves already return two-time America East Player of the Year in forward Jameel Warney and now they’ll have to see if Walker fits back into the starting lineup, or becomes part of a deep bench. With the return of Warney, experienced guard Carson Puriefoy and forward Rayshaun McGrew, Stony Brook was already in position to be on the of the favorites in the America East next season and the return of a proven player like Walker only helps in that projection.

It was never specified why Walker left the program the first time around, but he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after his season in the junior college ranks.