Brenton signs pro deal to play in Japan
July 17, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook men's basketball all-time leading rebounder and 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Tommy Brenton is headed overseas to play professional basketball. The two-time graduate of Stony Brook University has signed a contract to play in the Japanese Basketball League (JBL).
Brenton becomes the 15th Seawolves basketball player to sign a professional basketball contract and the ninth during current head coach Steve Pikiell's tenure. In the last three years alone, eight Seawolves have gone on to play in the pros, including the entire senior class of 2012 - Danny Carter, Bryan Dougher, Dallis Joyner and Al Rapier.
"Tommy made an impact on the Stony Brook men's basketball program like no other student-athlete, and it excites me to now call him a professional basketball player," Pikiell said. "He exemplifies everything we hope to develop in a student-athlete; he competed hard on the court and helped us win championships, he earned not only his bachelor's degree, but also his master's degree and now he's a pro. We wish him well as he moves to Japan to begin a new and exciting chapter of his career."
The JBL has many former U.S. college players currently active in the league, including Nick Fazekas (Nevada), Magnum Rolle (Louisiana Tech), Jamar Smith (Maryland) and Jameel Watkins (Georgetown).
Brenton grabbed 1,115 rebounds in his Stony Brook career, by far the most of any man who put on the Seawolves uniform. He also finished first in program history in steals (220) and first in the program's Div. I history in assists (405). Widely regarded as one of the nation's top defenders, he was the recipient of the 2013 Lefty Driesell Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year and was also an Associated Press Honorable Mention. He also was the 2013 America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, just the second student-athlete in conference history to win both awards in the same season. Brenton finished his career as a three-time All-America East and three-time America East All-Defensive team recipient.
The program's all-time leader in games played (127), Brenton captained the Seawolves his junior and senior seasons and helped Stony Brook win three America East regular season championships and earn three postseason NIT berths. Stony Brook was 85-42 (.669) overall and 49-15 (.766) with Brenton on the court.
Brenton earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and history from Stony Brook in 2012 and completed his master's in professional development in coaching in 2013.