Former Philly Prep Star, 4-Year Bears Letterman Added to Local Pro Team
Severn, MD (October 1, 2012) – The Bay Area Shuckers continued to sign local NCAA Division 1 talent, as they announced the signing of Ameer Ali, a four-year letterman at Morgan State University and an All-State and All-City performer at Philadelphia’s legendary Simon Grantz High School.
“Ameer was a late addition to our training camp roster, but I think he will be an excellent addition to the team. He has played for some quality teams at Morgan State and at the highest levels of NCAA basketball, including time in the NCAA Tournament,” said Bay Area Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
Ali topped off his career at Morgan State in 2011-2012, starting in 27 of 28 games and ranking second for the Bears in rebounds with 4.6 a game. He also averaged 7.3 points, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals a game. Some of his senior superlatives included a career-high 21 points with two steals in just 26 minutes of play at San Francisco on January 3, 2012. He also posted a career-best five steals, while adding seven points and eight rebounds against Xavier. He had a then career-high 17 points against the USC Trojans on November 22, 2011.
Ali’s collegiate career with the Bears began in 2008-2009 as a redshirt freshman when he played in 22 games and averaged 2.6 points and 3 rebounds per contest. He topped off his freshman season with a NCAA Tournament match-up against the Oklahoma Sooners where he played 13 minutes in the First Round battle between the 23-12 Bears and the #2 ranked Sooners. In 2009-2010 he played in 35 games and boosted his totals to 4.4 points and 4 boards a game. Notable performances as a sophomore included a Bears-high nine rebounds, in just 18 minutes against East Tennessee State and a then career-high 14 points, on 6 of 10 shooting, and eight rebounds in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semi-finals against Hampton University.
In 2010-2011 the Philadelphia native averaged 6.1 boards and 5.1 points a game. He continued to have outstanding performances in 29 games. He nailed a season-high 15 points against Florida A&M, scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds with three blocks against North Florida in the Division Championship of the Cancun Challenge on November 24, 2010, and in just 24 minutes against Loyola he reeled in ten rebounds and six points. He also had double-doubles against Hampton (ten points/10 rebounds) and Delaware State (11 points/12 rebounds).
In four seasons for Morgan State he played in 116 games averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.
Ali played high school ball at Simon Grantz, the legendary Philadelphia High School, which includes notable alumni such as Brooklyn Dodgers great Roy Campanella, NFL Hall-of-Famer Leroy Kelly, and 4-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace. For Grantz he was a Second-Team All-State and First-Team All-City performer. He was also an All-American playing for Christian Prep Schools at Progressive Christian Academy.
The Bay Area Shuckers are members of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) and are scheduled to tip-off their season in early November. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.