SUNY Canton Picked 4th In North Atlantic League
WATERVILLE, ME – The SUNY Canton men’s basketball team has been voted to finish fourth in their second season in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), following a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Maine Farmington was picked to win the conference this season with 58 points and four first-place votes. Husson was picked second (56 – three first-place votes), while Thomas was ranked third (48 – one first-place vote). The Roos were voted fourth (36), while Maine Maritime and Maine Presque Isle rounded out the top five (29 each).
The Roos will play a 25 game regular season schedule that includes 11 home games and 14 conference contests in the NAC. SUNY Canton opens the season on Friday night at 7 p.m. at
The Roos feature 15 players on this year’s roster with nine returners from last season’s roster and six newcomers. Head Coach Shiva Senthil enters his first season as head coach of the Roos during the 2019-20 season. The team loses its top three scorers from a season ago but returns its next five leading scorers in junior Andrew Fitch (7.7 PPG), junior Danny Santana (7.7 PPG), junior Joseph Werner (7.6 PPG), sophomore George Nehma (4.4 PPG) and sophomore Quran DuBois (3.9 PPG).
Fitch was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Conference last season. As a sophomore he led all of NCAA Division III with 98 total blocks and ranked second with 3.63 blocks per outing. Entering his junior season he already owns the Roos NCAA D-III era single season (98) and career (170) blocks records.
The Roos welcome six newcomers to the roster. Brandon Blaker (senior) and Marcus Allen (junior academically) join the team as two upperclassmen who look to bring leadership to the young Roos team who will only have three seniors this year. Brandon Averitt (sophomore) is a NCAA Division I transfer from the University of Texas El-Paso and will look to help run the show as a sophomore point guard. Averitt also provides the Roos with another three-point weapon.
The Roos also bring in three freshman in Cole Fountain, Kobe Harrington and Fadil Atcha-Dedji. Fountain is a big physical guard who started at Franklin Academy last year. Harrington is a pass-first point guard from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School who provides depth at the point guard position as well as a reliable jumper. Atcha-Dedji is an athletic center from powerhouse, Cardinal Hayes High School, who will provide depth in the front court, as well as a strong ability to rebound the basketball.