Ex-South Shore Star, D2 Player of the Year Sekou Sylla Joining Towson Hoops

Former South Shore Viking and 2022 D2CCA Ron Lenz National Player of the Year Sekou Sylla is transferring to D1 Towson University (Md.) Mens’ Basketball program, today the Tigers announced on their website.

Sekou led Nova Southeastern to the program’s first-ever Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Tournament title during the 2021-22 season, shooting 57.8 percent from the floor for 22.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.  Additionally, he helped lead the Sharks to a 31-1 record, a top seed in the DII NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Elite Eight against Black Hills State, which they lost, 77-67, at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

Sekou Sylla Shooting Free Throws in South Shore’s New York State Federation Semifinals-Win Over Liverpool (Pat Trani).

Furthermore, Sylla broke 1500 points for his college career and set Sunshine State Conference (SSC) records for points (718) and rebounds (332) in a single season. Plus, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirted junior was recognized as the D2CCA South Region Player of the Year and became the first player in SSC history to earn Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors in the same season. 

The forward now has 1,659 career points, 855 career rebounds and 105 career steals after three years of college basketball, including two seasons at St. Rose, in Albany, N.Y.

Towson Head Coach Pat Skerry could not be happier to land a player of Sylla’s caliber.

“Sekou is a versatile and talented player who will immediately impact our squad,” Skerry said on its website. “He is productive in many areas, as his resume shows, and he is a good teammate who knows how to win.  He played for an excellent Nova Southeastern team under Coach Crutchfield as they won their first 31 games.  I know he is excited to get working with us to improve and expand his game.  He also has that Brooklyn toughness and edge that will fit in great with his Towson teammates.”

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native led South Shore High School to a New York State 2A title game, plus a PSAL New York City Championship, earning Second Team All-State recognition in the process.

Sylla will be the second player from SSHS to play for Towson since Shamiek Sheppard.

— Jerry Del Priore


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