By Rodney McKissic
The most impressive and experienced newcomer at Canisius is senior guard Chris Perez, who graduated from Stetson and will use his final season of eligibility with the Golden Griffins.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Santiago, Dominican Republic, who turns 23 on Wednesday, was an All-Atlantic Sun second team selection last season after averaging 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds.
He ranked eighth in the A-Sun in scoring, 12th in field-goal percentage (.486), and 13th in steals (1.1).
Perez is expected to take on the role vacated by the graduation of Isaac Sosa, the Griffs third leading scorer behind Baron and Harold Washington and second behind Washington in 3-point shooting percentage (.409)
“He’s very physical and very aggressive,” said Canisius coach Jim Baron on Perez, who was also 13th in the A-Sun in offensive rebounds (1.9). “I think he’ll compliment the guys that we have because he works so hard. He’s a guy who’s a proven scorer. … When you graduate Harold Washington, Isaac Sosa, Alshwan Hymes and Reggie Groves you going to have to fill that void and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”