Strong Area Presence In Roos' Hoop Recruits
CANTON – Head Coach Shiva Senthil and the SUNY Canton men’s basketball program, the reigning North Atlantic Conference (NAC) champions, have announced their incoming 2020 recruiting class which includes two junior transfers and eight freshmen.
“We are very happy with our incoming class of student-athletes,” Coach Senthil said. “Coach Newsome and I worked tirelessly to put together a class of players that combined athletic ability, great character, and high-achieving students. With only two rising sophomores and four players leaving through graduation, we felt that bringing in a bigger class would make the most sense for us. We believe this class has many talented players that will make great impacts on and off the court here at SUNY Canton.”
Below is a breakdown from the coaching staff of each of the incoming student-athletes (listed in alphabetical order by last name).
High School: Indian River
“Sammy is a tough and competitive point guard, who scored a little more than 20 points per game for Indian River HS as a senior. He is a knock down shooter who has a knack for getting hot quick. He has a great deal of potential and we look forward to having him join our family.”
High School: Hermon-Dekalb
“Zack is a highly accomplished player from nearby, Hermon-DeKalb HS. Zach was a prolific scorer in high school, scoring 1,331 points in his career. He has a pure stroke and can really space the floor because of his shooting ability. Zack is a basketball junkie and a great person, who we look forward to having in the family.”
High School: Bishop Grimes
“Ian is a tough, physical guard who was a major contributor at Syracuse area power, Bishop Grimes HS. Ian is a do it all player, who can defend the other team’s best guards, can score, and can rebound. He is also a great teammate who will support his teammates in any way in order to win. We believe his attitude will fit perfectly into our team mindset.”
High School: Carl Sandburg
“Terrence is gifted combo guard from Carl Sandburg HS in Chicago, Illinois. Terrence started on a very talented roster that included four other college basketball players, and excelled. He is a dynamic scorer who can play above the rim as well as having the ability to knock down perimeter shots. We can’t wait to see him in a Roos uniform.
High School: Madrid-Waddington
“Brennan is another highly accomplished local product that we think will be a great addition to our program. Brennan graduates as the most decorated player in Madrid-Waddington history with 1,516 career points. As a senior he averaged 17 points per game, 7 assists per game, and 6 steals per game. Brennan has a great feel for the game and has a natural ability to find others with his vision which will fit great with the way we play.”
High School: South Jefferson
“Jake is a talented transfer who averaged over 15 points per game on 50% shooting from the field for a very good SUNY Jefferson team. Jake is an above the rim athlete who can also light it up from deep. Jake will add immediate talent to our roster as someone who can help us in multiple facets.”
High School: Cypress Lakes
“DeMerill is an incredibly talented guard who will transfer in from Maine Maritime Academy. Throughout his college career, DeMerrill has shown the ability to be a highly impactful player. As a freshman, he averaged 15.6 points per game on 46% shooting from the field as well as averaging nearly four assists a game. He is a tremendous worker who will fit in to our team well.”
High School: Fort Hamilton
“Michael is a heady wing from Fort Hamilton HS who just has a knack for making the right play. He is a player who can really shoot it and pass it, while also guarding multiple positions. Michael was poised to have a big-time senior year for the highly successful New York City program, before suffering a season ending injury during his first scrimmage. Michael will look to make a major comeback this season and we think his best basketball is ahead of him.”
Highschool: Hanover Park
“Chris is a physical forward from Hanover Park HS in New Jersey. Chris was one of the best interior defenders and rebounders in the state of New Jersey in his junior and senior seasons. Offensively, Chris has great footwork in the post, as well as an ability to knock down the three ball. Chris’ versatility and toughness will make him a perfect fit for our type of basketball.”
Calvin Walker Jr.
High School: Vincent
“Calvin is a versatile wing who can guard almost every position on the floor because of his length and athleticism. He has the ability to take people off the dribble as well as knock down three pointers. He is a great person who has endless potential. We can’t wait to see him develop and grow as a Roo.”