Area scoring leader Brian Hamor of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons has made a verbal commitment to play basketball on scholarship for Division II Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference.
The 6-foot-2 guard was courted by several Division I and Division II programs, and narrowed his choice down to The College of Saint Rose, Le Moyne, Holy Cross and Stonehill before opting to play for the Skyhawks and head coach David McLaughlin.
Hamor, who sparkled during the Golden Knights’ run to the Section II Class A championship as a junior, made official visits to Saint Rose and Stonehill, which is located in Easton, Mass.
“He wanted to go someplace where he could make an immediate impact,” Bishop Gibbons coach Garry Horne said. “I talked to a lot of coaches, and I think he made the right decision. He should be able to do that, and he’ll be playing at one of the top Division II programs in the country.”
Hamor said he’s expecting to see time at both point guard and shooting guard as a freshman at Stonehill. It’s the same role he plays for the Golden Knights.
“They’re looking at me as a combo guard,” said the 18-year-old Hamor, who had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Tuesday’s 79-68 loss to Big 10 leader Bishop Maginn. “They have two senior guards, right now, and their coach said I have a good chance to get playing time early. I expect to play four years for them.”
Stonehill is 11-4 in the NE-10 and 16-4 overall, and in the first set of NCAA East Region rankings, was listed at No. 2.
“I like their system. I like how they play,” Hamor said. “They have smart players who pick apart defenses, and I think I can fit in well with that.”
Hamor will pursue a degree in physical education with an eye on coaching and teaching in the future.
“They have what I want, in terms of academics, and I liked the area a lot,” Hamor said. “I like the set-up of the school, and there are a lot of things nearby that are easy to get to.”
Hamor has scored 1,366 career points and is currently averaging 25.5 per game. He has scored in double digits in every outing for the 10-5 Golden Knights, including a career-high 41 points in a recent win over Amsterdam, and 34- and 33-point performances in two early-season games.
The team captain is also averaging 11 rebounds and seven assists per game.
“Every game, he’s double-teamed and pushed and fouled, and he’s still leading the area in scoring,” Horne said. “He’s got heart. His will and determination is something special. He doesn’t complain when things get a little rough, he just tries harder.”
miseikis a great dane Amsterdam football standout Ben Miseikis, the Class A Northwest Division All-Purpose Player of the Year, has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at the University at Albany.
The Daily Gazette All-Area first-teamer was recruited by Great Danes head coach Bob Ford as a running back after gaining 1,158 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns for the Section II semifinalist Rugged Rams. On the defensive side, playing safety, cornerback and linebacker, Miseikis had 67 tackles with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Miseikis was named the Section II Exceptional Senior game’s most valuable player after scoring four touchdowns in the North’s 42-21 win. In that game, the all-state third-team pick scored on a run, catch, kickoff return and fumble return.
Elsawi to campbell
Saratoga Springs tackle Adhem Elsawi, a Daily Gazette first-team All-Area selection, has given signed a letter of intent to play football for Campbell University in North Carolina.
The 6-foot-6, 315-point Elsawi helped the Blue Streaks reach the Section II Class AA semifinals with his devestating blocks, and earned a spot on the Empire Division first team and all-state fourth team.
Campbell returned to football for the first time in 58 years in 2008 and, at the NCAA 1-AA level, went 1-10 overall and 0-8 in the Pioneer Football League.
Stewart reaches 1,000
Bishop Maginn senior Mariah Stewart scored eight points and reached 1,000 for her career in Tuesday’s 66-15 Big 10 win over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, and Gloversville 12th-grader Matt Baldwin delivered 15 points in getting to 1,000 in Wednesday’s 42-37 Foothills Council triumph over Broadalbin-Perth.
Stewart and Baldwin are among a large Section II group to achieve the milestone this season, joining Andrea Van Dyke (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Jackie Sorensen (Waterford-Halfmoon), Chelsea Paul (Northville), Ashlyn Slater (Schenectady Christian), Nathaniel Miller (Lake George), Kevin Hanson (Fonda-Fultonville) and Hamor.