Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the signing of a second international student-athlete from Iceland as Aegir Thor Steinarsson, a 6-foot point guard will join the Wolves for the 2011-12 season.
Steinarsson has played on the Under-18 and Under-16 Iceland National Teams which competed in the European Championships, leading the tournament in assists on the U-18 team. He will start at point on the Under-20 National Team which competes in the Euro Championships in Bosnia this coming July.
Aegir was the MVP of the Scandinavian Championships and was an Honorable Mention pick on the All-European Championships Team. In the Icelandic league he led the country in assists in 2011 with 8.7 per game and was second in the country in assists in 2010 at 7.6 per game.
An all-around player, Steinarsson went 10-for-11 from the field in one game and scored 25 points. Aegir had a season high of 14 assists in another game, made five three-pointers in a game, once had five steals and had nine rebounds five different times last season. He averaged 18 points, 8.7 assists and five rebounds per game. Steinarsson joins fellow Icelander and Tomas Tomasson on the Newberry College team. They have been teammates on the National Team for four years.
“Aegir is a terrific basketball player and we are incredibly lucky to have him joining us at Newberry,” said Davis. “We were really looking for a first rate point guard to lead us and we have worked hard recruiting him since we first identified him shortly after getting the job her at Newberry last year.
"He was recruited by Gonzaga and Davidson and is the consummate point guard. He has been tested against some of the best in Europe and held his own. He can pass, make decisions and will be exceptional in the up-tempo game. He truly understands how to play the game and will immediately make us a much better team. He is the kind of player who makes everyone around him better. What is truly exciting about Aegir is he is a leader and has run teams his whole life. Aegir and Tomas are two of the best three players on the National Team with the third being Haukur Palsson who committed to Gary Williams at Maryland last summer," Davis added.
“First, he is born a leader," said Iceland National Coach Ben Gudmundsson. "He is always a captain of his team and it does not matter if it´s a junior team or the national team. Aegir is not only a captain because of his character on and off the court, but also because he is always the hardest working player on the team. He is very, very quick. If he could go a little bit faster he could travel back in time. He is not just quick but also explosive. He is a very physical player for a 19 year old kid. He is not built like a house, just strong. Because of his speed, strong body and how explosive he is, it makes him a very good defender. At the age of 18 this past season he was stopping good Division I and II former US college players. He is a great uptempo point guard. He can score if asked to, but he has a very nice balance between scoring and passing. He will run the transition very well and make good decisions.”