Special to the Reporter
The Seattle Mountaineers of the American Basketball Association have signed Northwest University (NU) All-American Hussayn Ford.
A 6-foot-6-inch forward, Ford ended his senior season as the No. 1 rebounder in the nation with 12.03 rebounds per game. He led or tied both divisions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with 24 double-doubles and was second with 361 total rebounds and fourth with nine defensive rebounds per game.
“Hussayn is a very special player with a high motor and unique skill set,” Mountaineers coach Don Sims said on the team’s website. “He has the skills to play three or four positions; he is very versatile and can play inside or on the wing. I am happy he chose to play for the Seattle Mountaineers next season. He is a surefire overseas prospect. Hopefully, Hussayn will join the long line of Seattle Mountaineers to earn an overseas contract.”
A senior from Seattle, Ford also led the Eagles with 17.8 points per game and was 25th nationally with his 55.3 percent field goal shooting.
“This is great for Hussayn,” NU head coach Jeff Drinkwine said. “He is one step closer to seeing his goals and dreams come true. I am anxious to see what God has in store for Hussayn and his basketball future. The Seattle program is a solid foundation. Coach Sims is a good coach and a great mentor. Hussayn will definitely benefit under his guidance. It will be fun to watch them play. The Seattle Mountaineers just got a lot more exciting today with the addition of Hussayn.”
For his career, Ford ended his two seasons with 1,128 points and 693 rebounds in 60 games. He averaged 18.8 points and a new NU career record 11.55 rebounds per game. His 12.03 rebounds per game is a new school single-season record.
Ford, who earned honorable mention All-America as a junior, is a two-time first-team All-Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) selection and has been CCC player of the week three times.
He also was selected to play in the NAIA All-Star Game in March, but the NAIA canceled the event in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.