City College of San Francisco
Seattle U forward Emeka Udenyi does the dirty work and does it well for the Redhawks. Courtesy Western Athletic Conference.

City College of San Francisco Alums Key for Seattle U

There is a significant connection between Seattle U and City College of San Francisco. At least when it comes to men’s basketball. Over the past three years or so, the Redhawks have had multiple City College of San Francisco transfers head to the Pacific Northwest.

Darrion Trammell, Emeka Udenyi, Kyree Brown, and Nate Robinson are among some of the City College of San Francisco transfers. And it makes sense as head coach Chris Victor is from the Bay Area. Assistant coach Alex Pribble is also from the Bay Area. So, you can understand the connection. Add in the fact that the City College of San Francisco win 30-plus games almost every season in the California Community College Athletic Association.

And it is two former Rams that we will focus on as key newcomer and key returner for Seattle U in 2022-23.

Key Returner

Emeka Udenyi 6-6, Senior, Oakland, CA

With the guard line Seattle U has had in recent years, Udenyi doesn’t get as many accolades as perhaps he should. Since transferring to Seattle U from City College of San Francisco prior to the 2020-21 season, Udenyi has started in 44 of 55 games. And is one of a handful of Redhawk players to play in all 55 games over the past two seasons. The numbers aren’t staggering. And Udenyi plays much bigger than his 6-6 frame may lead you to believe.

In his first season in the WAC, Udenyi was fourth in the WAC in rebounding and second in field goal percentage. Udenyi shot 62 percent from the field in his first season as a Redhawk. And, as part of Seattle U’s 2021-22 championship squad, Udenyi averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Now, people will say that is not significant. And, perhaps in the grand scheme of things, it’s not. But with Darrion Trammell, Cameron Tyson and Riley Grigsby as the main scorers, Udenyi has to do more of the dirty work. Rebounding, defending, protecting the rim. And he does it well. Not perfect. But, good enough to make an impact on a squad that went 23-9 overall and 14-4 in WAC play a year ago.

And it will have to be much of the same in 2022-23. Seattle U is guard heavy once again. Sure, Udenyi will need to score a little more in 2022-23. But, if the 6-6 City College of San Francisco transfer who has been a mainstay in the Redhawk lineup continues to excel in his role, the Redhawks will be dangerous once again.

Key Newcomer

Seyi Reiley 6-6, Sophomore, Transfer from City College of San Francisco

When Seattle U head coach Chris Victor was asked about Seyi (pronounced ‘Shay’) Reiley, his eyes nearly lit up. There are some high expectations from the 6-6 forward who helped lead the Rams to a 30-1 record in 2021-22.

Reiley averaged 9.6 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 73 percent from the floor. And Reiley started 29 of 31 games for the Rams. Reiley brings a physicality and ability to rebound the basketball in traffic. Along with this, Reiley also knows how to finish around the rim. Chris Victor expects big things from one of his newest editions.

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