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Canisius lands 7-3 juco transfer

Mdhal_fa09_223x336 Marial Dahl, a 7-foot-3 center from Uganda, has given a verbal commitment to attend Canisius College.

Dahl, who spent the last two seasons at Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2010-11 season. Dahl originally signed with Houston last November to play for former coach Tom Penders, but was released from his national letter of intent from the school in April by new coach James Dickey.

“He’s really a nice young man,’’ Dickey told the Houston Chronicle back in April. “He had been recruited by the previous staff. That’s something that I certainly understand. He wanted to make sure he played in a style that would fit his game. His coach (Derrick Worrels) was very professional, and I hope he finds the right situation.’’

That situation appears to be Canisius and coach Tom Parrotta, who played for Penders at Fordham in the mid 80s. When he suits up this winter Dahl, who visited the Canisius campus last weekend, will be the tallest player to ever play for the Griffs. Mike Smerk, who starred at the school from 1981-85 and later played in the NBA, was listed at 7-foot.

A major defensive presence, Dahl averaged10 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots per game last season as a sophomore. He was a second team All-Suncoast Conference selection.

Dahl wanted to play at South Florida out of Our Savior New America School, a Christian-based institution outside of New York City, but didn’t qualify academically and chose to attend Hillsborough. He is joining a Golden Griffins team that returns four starters from the 2009-10 season when they finished 15-17.

Here's the official release by Canisius.

---Rodney McKissic



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