SE men’s basketball adds four to roster

SE Sports Information

July 2, 2014

Southeastern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball coach Kelly Green announced the addition of four signees for the 2014-15 season. Sami Bzai, Antonio Ferreira, Nathan Jackson and Joseph Aikens are being welcomed to the squad.

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 Community College in Boston, Mass. He averaged 16.6 ppg last season and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor.

Green said Ferreira led his team 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,” Green said. “He rebounds very well from the guard position.”

Bzai, a guard, will make the trek to Durant from the West. At Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., he averaged 10.4 ppg last season with 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assist per outing. 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. At Hutchinson Community College, 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 who will give us scoring, rebounding and defensive ability from the wing position,” said Green. “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 High School. He had 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 senior year in high school. He is a very talented guard who we believe will have an excellent career for the Savage Storm.”