CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball program has signed Hameed Ali (San Leandro, Calif./San Leandro) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Willis Wilson announced today. Ali, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, becomes the seventh signee for the Islanders heading into the 2011-12 season.
"Hameed is an outstanding athlete, but above all else his basketball IQ is what makes him a potential impact player for the Islanders," Wilson said. "While we have a number of guards returning, we still needed to add to our depth at the point, and with his maturity, I believe Hameed will push for playing time right out of the gate."
In his final season for the Pirates, he helped the team to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-6 mark in conference play. He averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds, and also dished out 5 assists and averaged 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks. He was an all-league honoree and also picked up Honorable Mention All-East Bay recognition.
As a junior, Ali averaged 11 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals while leading San Leandro to a 17-10 record on the year. He shot 48 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. He was also ranked as one of the top 10 point guards on the West Coast by Greg Hicks of Scout.com.
Ali joins the six players who previously signed NLIs to join the Islanders next season. Myron Dempsey (St. Petersburg, Fla./Redlands Community College), Jordan Didier (Rockford, Ill./Saint Mary's (Ariz.) HS), John Jordan (Fresno, Texas/Hightower HS), Nate Maxey (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln HS) and Jason Smith (Fort Worth, Texas/Allen CC) signed NLIs in the spring, while Jake Kocher (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's) signed with the Islanders in November in the early signing period.