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Canisius lands Stetson transfer

By Rodney McKissic

Canisius gained some much needed help in their backcourt with the addition of former Stetson guard Chris Perez.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Perez, who also played one season at Liberty, has already graduated from Stetson and will be eligible to play immediately. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

Perez is expected to fill the void created by the graduation of Isaac Sosa, the Golden Griffins' third-leading scorer behind Billy Baron and Harold Washington at 11.6 points a game.

Canisius not only loses both Sosa and Washington but reserve guards Alshwan Hymes and Reggie Groves, who had one season of eligibility remaining but has graduated and will not return to the team.

Also not returning are a pair of freshmen: Guard Jermaine Johnson, who will transfer to a junior college, and forward Tyrel Edwards who is seeking to attend an NAIA school.

In 31 games including 30 starts, Perez was Stetson's second-leading scorer at 15.1 points. He shot 48.6 percent from the floor overall and 31.1 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and led the team in steals with 35.

Source: Cline will transfer to Richmond

By Rodney McKissic

The mass exedous from Niagara in the wake of Joe Mihalich's departure continues with freshman T.J. Cline giving a verbal commitment to attend Richmond according to a source.

Cline, the son of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, visited Charlotte last week and informed the 49ers staff on Saturday that he would attend Richmond. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cline was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team after averaging 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 33 games. He also led the Purple Eagles in 3-point shooting percentage with 33.6 percent.

Cline must sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. The news comes just days after Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley joined Mihalich at Hofstra.


Gregg signs with Bonnies

---St. Bonaventure announced the signing of Denzel Gregg, a 6-foot-7 forward from Syracuse, who played his last two seasons at St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut.

Gregg helped St. Thomas to a 24-8 record and a spot in the National Prep School Tournament semifinals this past season. Gregg averaged 12 points and six rebounds a game for a balanced team that featured 10 players who received college scholarships.

“We’re most excited about Denzel's tremendous upside,” Schmidt said in a statement released by the school about the 17-year-old Gregg. “He's a long, athletic forward whose versatility will allow him to guard multiple positions at the defensive end and create mismatches on the offensive side of the ball.”

ESPN College Basketball analysts graded Gregg as one the top-125 class of 2013 forwards in the nation, and the New England Basketball Recruiting Report ranked him as the No. 22 overall prospect in his class.

An ESPN analyst had the following to say about the 195-pound senior:

“Gregg is an explosive athlete with incredible leaping ability. He's as quick off his feet as he is high above the rim, a terrific lob catcher and the type of finisher who can instantly change the momentum of a game.”

Gregg is St. Bonaventure’s first commitment this year.

---Rodney McKissic

UB Football Signings Part II

For what it's worth, Scout.com has UB's recruiting class ranked ninth in the MAC. But the site recognizes the Bulls as having just 13 recruits instead of the actual 19.

The site's MAC ranking as of early this afternoon (national ranking included):

Toledo (60)
Temple (68)
Central Michigan (76)
Miami (78)
Eastern Michigan (80)
Bowling Green (83)
Ball State (84)
Kent State (90)
UB (97)
Western Michigan (98)
Northern Illinois (104)
Ohio (113)
Akron (116)
UMass (124)

UMass joins the MAC this year as a football-only member. The Minutemen will play in the East with Bowling Green going to the West . . . Scout.com lists Michael as UB's top get and gives him a three-star rating. Madlock and Riche also received three-star ratings. ... RB Devin Campbell qualified for the nationals in indoor track . . . Collura is the third Dematha player to head to UB, following former Bull Kendric Hawkins and current Bull Kendall Patterson . . . Grossman is ranked the nation's 33rd best kicking prospect by ESPN. He also kicked 32 field goals in high school career . . . Bulls recruited a player at every position. Fifteen of the 19 are from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Michigan. Bulls had gone heavier in Florida and Texas in recent past.

-- Bob DiCesare

UB Football Signees

UB's 19-player initial recruiting class announced today, the first day of the National Signing period:

OFFENSE

RB Devin Campbell (6-0 220), Youngstown, Ohio.
OL Dan Collura, (6-6, 260) Elkridge, Md.
OL Jaden Cotton (6-5, 300) Depew, NY
QB Jordan Johnson (6-1, 185) Amherst, NY (Sweet Home).
WR Marcus McGill (6-2, 215) Rochester, NY.
QB Collin Michael (6-5, 220) Lexington, Ohio
OL Robert Riche (6-6, 270) Canton, Mich.
WR Malcolm Robinson (6-1, 185) Canton, Ohio
TE Mason Schreck (6-5, 225) Medina, Ohio

DEFENSE
DB Okezie Alozie (6-0, 200) Bethlehem, Pa.
DL Beau Bachtelle (6-5, 260) Tuolumne, Calif.
DB Brandon Berry (6-0, 205) Detroit.
LB Waylon Fink (6-5, 225) Greensburg, Pa.
P Tyler Grassman (6-1, 185) Columbus, Ohio
NT Corey Madlock (6-4, 260), Buffalo, NY (Cleveland Hill)
NT Albert McCoy (6-4, 265), St. Petersburg, Fla.
DL Max Perisse (6-4, 250), Downingtown, Pa.
DB William Rembert (6-1, 175), Detroit
DB C.J. Stancil (5-11, 185), Chesterfield, Va.

Quick Notes: Bachtelle is the only junior college player on the list. He was a team captain and first team all-conference at Modesto JC . . . Michael was rated No. 41 among the nation's QBs by Scout.com. He joins a QB mix that includes Alex Zordich, Joe Licata and Tony Daniel as the Bulls seek a replacement for the graduated Chazz Anderson. ... Perisse was a Philadelphia Inquirer top 50 prospect in Pennsylvania ... McGill was two-time all-Rochester.

-- Bob DiCesare

Aquinas forward commits to Canisius

---Phil Valenti, a 6-7 senior forward from Aquinas High School in Rochester, has given a verbal commitment to attend Canisius College, according to a source.

Valenti averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while helping Aquinas (23-2) reach the Class A state semifinals last season. Valenti was also offered scholarships to Boston University, Hofstra and Central Connecticut State.

Canisius had a scholarship available when incoming freshman Jose Agosto didn’t qualify academically. The 6-5, 215-pound Agosto signed with Canisius last spring.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Bulls add Ohio quarterback


---UB enjoyed a nice recruiting haul last weekend and added some more talent on Tuesday with the verbal commitment of Ohio quarterback Mason Schreck, a source told The News.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Schreck drew interest from Wisconsin, Kansas, Northwestern, North Carolina State, South Florida, Michigan State, Bowling Green and Akron.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic

Bulls add another Georgia prospect

---Fresh off the news that quarterback Chazz Anderson is transferring to UB, the Bulls added another late recruit in Georgia cornerback Matthew Quick, The Buffalo News has learned.

Quick is a product of Westlake High School which lists Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Adam “Pacman” Jones as graduates. Quick, who also excels in track and field, was originally slated to join Georgia as a preferred walk on but Bulls’ recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones began recruiting him heavily in June.

Quick signed scholarship papers with UB on Saturday and will open with the Bulls when training camp begins Aug. 8.

“During the last week of school, Coach Jones came down to my school and said he wanted to offer me,’’ Quick said. “Coach [Jeff] Quinn gave him the ok and they flew me up here [on Friday] and showed me around. It was great. They care more about the person you’ll become after you graduate and not just the person you are on the field.’’

UB is creating a nice pipeline into the talent-rich state of Georgia. Peach State natives on the Bulls' current roster include sophomore Najja Johnson (Atlanta), redshirt freshmen Cordero Dixon (Suwanee), Devon Hughes (Tyrone) and Kendall Roberson (Decatur) and true freshman Tony Daniel (Hiram). The Bulls also have a verbal from linebacker Adrian Lindsey (Douglasville), who was a teammate of Daniel's at South Paulding High.

The Bulls play at Georgia in 2012.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Sweet Home's Johnson headed to UB

 

---UB received its second verbal commitment in as many days, landing Sweet Home quarterback Jordan Johnson.

Johnson, who attended the second session of the Bulls Jr./Sr. Camp at UB Stadium on Sunday informed the staff of his intentions Monday afternoon.

“I felt like they gave me the best opportunity to play Division I football,’’ Johnson told the News. “”It’s close to home and my family can watch me play football and show what I can do on the field. The have a good academic program and academics come first.’’

Johnson, who plans to major in broadcasting or sports management, received interest from Syracuse University, Connecticut and Boston College among others. UB considers Johnson an athlete, much like Niagara Falls quarterback Dale Stewart who is a true freshman for the Bulls.

“It’s really not determined which position I will play,’’ Johnson said. “We’ll know by the team next season starts.’’

One of the more exciting players in Western New York, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Johnson passed for 1,042 yards, rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 TDs as a junior.

Johnson’s commitment comes on the heels of the Bulls landing linebacker Adrian Lindsey from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., who verballed to UB on Sunday. Coach Jeff Quinn, recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones and the rest of the staff is once again striking early on the recruiting trail. Johnson is the fourth prospect to commit to UB joining Lindsey, Depew offensive tackle Jaden Cotton and Canisius guard Corey Madlock.

The Bulls also had four commitments this time last year including Williamsville South quarterback Joe Licata.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Georgia LB commits to Bulls

 

---UB received its third commitment from the Class of 2012 in linebacker Adrian Lindsey from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., according to a source. Lindsey was a teammate of Bulls true freshman quarterback Tony Daniel.

Lindsey joins Depew offensive tackle Jaden Cotton and Canisius guard Corey Madlock who have committed to the Bulls. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Lindsey, who also plays tight end, participated in a camp the Bulls held Sunday at UB Stadium and committed shortly thereafter.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

@RodneyMcKissic | rmckissic@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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