By Aaron Mansfield
As part of a story on local high school graduates preparing for their first year of college basketball, The News sat down with Canisius High School grad and Canisius College forward Adam Weir today. Weir is one of four Western New Yorkers who will play Division I ball this winter; Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls, Canisius College), La'Trice Hall (Sacred Heart, Hartford) and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island, Robert Morris) are the others.
Weir has been making quite a few adjustments to his game; he was a small forward and power forward in high school and will handle the two-guard position in college. He said he is focusing primarily on improving his ball-handling and defense this summer, which are the areas in which he has struggled most to keep up in summer practice. Today, he was running five-on-five at Canisius' Koessler Athletic Center.
"I'm willing to do whatever we need," Weir said. "If they need me to play this year, I'll be more than ready, and if not, I'll do whatever we need."
The 6-foot-4, lanky Weir is taking one online summer class right now and will take an in-person class during the second summer session, which begins next week.
Weir said his team's four seniors have taken to mentoring him and second-year head coach Jim Baron has impressed him with his passion.
"He's an intense guy," Weir said. "I like it. He'll tell you what you're doing wrong every time and make sure he gets out of you what he wants."
The Golden Griffs finished 20-14 (11-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) last season, a 15-win improvement compared to the 2011-12 season. With seniors Billy Baron and Chris Manhertz back, the Griffs are expected to compete for a MAAC title.
Weir was The Buffalo News' 2012-13 Allen Wilson Player of the Year and a first-team All-WNY performer.
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