Aug. 17, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook men's basketball forwards Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) and Danny Carter (Windsor, England) have both signed contracts to play professional basketball overseas this fall, becoming the fifth and sixth Seawolves to turn pro under head coach Steve Pikiell.
"Dallis and Danny were both part of an incredible recruiting class that really elevated Stony Brook Basketball to where it is today," Pikiell said. "They had a lot of accomplishments here at Stony Brook, and I'm excited that they will be continuing their basketball careers professionally."
Joyner is joining the Kouvot Kouvola basketball team in Finland in the Korisliiga League, the top basketball league in Finland. He joins a team that finished ninth in the competitive Korisliiga last season under head coach Jyri Lehtonen.
Joyner will play alongside fellow American Chris Hester, a former Eastern Washington student-athlete.
Joyner played in 124 career games at Stony Brook and finished second all-time among the program's Div. I players in rebounds with 731. He had a breakout senior season that saw him average 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while leading America East in field goal percentage at 61.1 percent. He was named third-team All-America East and then selected to the America East Championship All-Tournament team after averaging 10.3 points and shooting 72 percent over three games.
Joyner also found himself in the national spotlight back in March when his game-winning tip-in against Albany in the America East Championship semifinals was SportsCenter's Top Play of the Week.
Carter is returning to his native England to play for his old team, the Reading Rockets. Before coming to Stony Brook, he was a member of the Rockets junior team, where he was the club's MVP in 2007-08 when he averaged 22.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
Carter appeared in 116 games over his four-year career at Stony Brook. He shot just under 40 percent for his career while grabbing 264 rebounds and blocking 23 shots. He averaged 15.4 minutes per game and served as a starter his junior season, when he produced career bests in points (178), rebounds (127), assists (21), blocks (11) and steals (16).
"I am thrilled that Danny will be putting on a Rockets jersey again as he is a great young English talent and most importantly a product of our junior system," Reading Rockets Director of Coaching Matt Johnson said in a team press release. "He brings excellent scoring and rebounding qualities as well as a great work ethic and a desire to win, something that is going to be really important for this team."
The pair join the professional ranks alongside fellow former Seawolves Muhammad El-Amin
(2008-10) and Desmond Adedeji
(2008-10). El-Amin will play for Ferentino in Italy this upcoming year after previously playing for Albacomp in Hungary, and Adedeji played last season for FUS Rabat in Morocco.