Winning Stony Brook's first America East basketball title is pay dividends for Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell, who signed all-conference point guard Anthony Jackson of Columbus, Ohio, the school announced. Jackson joins a recruiting class that already includes Brooklyn guard Dave Coley and 6-7 Chicago forward Al Rapier.

The 5-11, 180-pound Jackson was a first-team Ohio Capital Conference selection at Gahanna Lincoln High School, which had a 26-1 record and reached the state semifinals, where Jackson scored 23 points. Jackson averaged 15 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior and set a school record with a .530 three-point field-goal percentage. As a junior at Westland High School, Jackson averaged 21.9 points per game and was named player of the year in the Ohio Capital Conference Central.

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"Anthony is a multi-dimensional player who can help a team in so many ways," said Tony Staib, who coached Jackson at Gahanna Lincoln. "He can shoot, rebound, pass and is a shutdown defender. But his greatest strength is his ability to score the basketball. He is a great shooter, who also has a terrific mid-range game."

Pikiell had a big void to fill in the box score after losing America East player of the year Muhammad El-Amin, but he's added plenty of scoring in the offseason. Besides Jackson, Coley averaged 16 points for Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson High, and Rapier averaged 18 points, 17 rebounds and six assists as a senior at Perspectives Charter Academy in Chicago before earning all-conference honors with Mineral Area Community College last season in Park Hills, Mo.