Former Nokomis Regional High School basketball standout Chris Braley will not return to Stony Brook University.

On Wednesday night, Braley confirmed that he is transferring, and said he is not sure where he will continue his college basketball career. A number of factors went into his decision, Braley said.

“It’s about being happy and successful on all three levels. Academics, athletics and socially,” Braley said in an email.

Braley said Stony Brook has granted him a release from his scholarship, meaning he can transfer. If Braley decides to attend a Division II or III school, he can play immediately. Per NCAA rules, if he goes to another Division I school, Braley must sit out a year.

A sophomore, Braley played in 23 games for Stony Brook this past season, averaging 1.5 points and two rebounds per game. The Seawolves went 23-12 in 2014-15, falling in the America East championship game to Albany. Stony Brook’s season ended on March 14 with a 72-70 loss to Mercer in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Braley played 16 minutes in the loss, scoring four points and grabbing three boards.

As a freshman, Braley saw action in 25 games with the Seawolves, averaging just over a point and rebound per game.


Following his junior year at Nokomis, Braley enrolled at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire.

“I don’t know where I will be going yet. I am just keeping all options open,” Braley said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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