Mount St. Mary’s coach Dan Engelstad announced his recruiting class this week for men’s basketball.
Point guard Ayan Teel from Arlington, Virginia, shooting guard Naim Miller from Pittsburgh and forward Remy Brewer from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands will join the team this fall for the 2019-20 season.
Engelstand called them “high-character young men” in a video on the university’s website for athletics, mountathletics.com, announcing the class.
“All come from really good programs and have the potential to have an impact, not just on the court but in the Mount community as well,” he said.
Teel is a 5-foot-8, 145-pound guard who played two years at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington after transferring from Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro. He averaged about eight points and two assists per game for O’Connell last season.
“We run a lot of ball screens, and our guards have to be able to come off [screens] and make a read or make a play,” Engelstad said. “Ayan can do that.”
The 6-4, 190-pound Miller, meanwhile, averaged 17.5 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior for First Love Christian Academy outside of Pittsburgh.
“He is a scorer,” Engelstand said. “He has a great, quick release and can get [his shot] off very fast.”
The 6-8, 230-pound Brewer, on the other hand, missed most of last season with a foot injury. He saw limited time for ISA Academy outside of Cleveland after coming to the U.S. mainland from the Virgin Islands, where he was a highly regarded college prospect.
“He is someone who should electrify Knott Arena,” Engelstad said. “He is explosive. He is athletic, and he is someone who attacks the rim, and his head is at the rim. But on top of that explosiveness, he has a really nice skill set.”
The Mountaineers finished 9-22 overall (6-12 in the Northeast Conference) in Engelstad’s first season on the job in 2018-19. There wasn’t a junior or a senior on the roster.