Jerrell Sanders F 6-6 jr.
- Recent details on Sanders are sketchy because Columbus State (Ohio) CC, where Sanders was a two-year starter, believes that a couple photos and broken links qualifies as a decent website. Don't believe me? Click here: www.cscc.edu/ATHLETICS/mens-basketball.html
- Was a key player for 29-4 Columbus State, who qualified for the NJCAA DII tournament. Averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals.
- Named to the All-OCCAC honorable-mention team, ranking 4th among OCCAC players in field goal percentage (57.9%).
- GU coach John Reilly tells GoErie.com, "Comes from a winning program. Very, very solid player."
- Columbus State coach Pat Carlisle told GoErie, "Jerrell has a Division I body and is a D-1 athlete who should do very well at Gannon."
- Was a two-sport athlete at Creston (Mich.) H.S., participating in basketball and football. A Michigan basketball recruiting website rated him as the #16 small forward in the state during his senior year.
- Here's how InsidePreps.com described Sanders: "The hidden gem was Jerrell Sanders, a talented 6-6 and 220 pound dunker deluxe. Nice body. Would like to see him more skilled offensively in the half court to play a mid D-1 level. With some hard work and dedication, he’s capable."
- Two high school era photos of Sanders: http://photo.dev.advance.net/cgi-bin/slide-show.cgi/mlive/admin/slide_show_admin.ata?index=24&g_id=4502 and http://photo.dev.advance.net/cgi-bin/slide-show.cgi/mlive/admin/slide_show_admin.ata?index=28&g_id=4502
- Creston High's nickname? The Polar Bears. Can you name the last Gannon recruit whose high school team was "Polar Bears"? Read the rest of this blog entry for the answer.
- Transfer from Alfred State JC (N.Y.) where he averaged 14.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in 28 games last season and was named to the All-NJCAA All-Region 3 second team.
- Listed at 230 pounds on the Alfred website. This photo of him in action would back up that claim. www.alfredstate.edu/files/images/p%20071-web.small.jpg
- Reilly described him on GoErie.com as, “Very versatile. He’s 6-6. He can play inside. He can play outside.”
- Ranked 6th among NJCAA Region 3 Division II players in points and seventh in rebounding average.
- Scored a career high 42 points in a win at Mercyhurst-North East. (If any local fans were in attendance for that game, I'd love to hear your thoughts.)
- Was named NJCAA Division II national player of the week on Feb. 11. That same week was named Region 3 Athlete of the Week. Brannen scored 55 points, grabbed 27 rebounds, blocked 10 shots, passed out 10 assists, and was credited with five steals in Alfred's three victories that week. He had 13 points, 8 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and two steals vs. Ithaca JV; 23 points, 8 rebounds, three blocks, and four assists vs. Genesee; and 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, four assists, and three steals vs. Niagara CC.
- Alfred State finished the year 17-14.
- Was team MVP and all-conference first team at Elmira (N.Y.) Free Academy. Made the All-Star team at Pittsburgh Five Star basketball camp in 2005.
Daren Dexter G 6-6 jr.
- Transfer from Pasco Hernando (Fla.) Community College where he averaged 13.3 points, a team-high 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals. Was named to the All-Suncoast Conference first team.
- Head-and-shoulders photo courtesy of my good friend Duane Rankin's blog. www.goerieblogs.com/sports/giveandgo/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/dexter-mug1-120x150.jpg
- Reilly is quoted by GoErie as saying, “He’s a guy that reminds me a little bit of Pierre Howard. Pierre was pretty special, but (Dexter) has some of the same mannerisms. He is long. He’s a good defender. He’s got a nice mid-range game. He’s very competitive and he scores on the college level.”
- Played in the Florida-Georgia Juco All-Star Showcase
- Side note: PHCC's nickname is the "Conquistadors." No details if Dexter wants to be addressed as "El Conquistador." If you don't understand that reference, click here for a classic prank phone call: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=27933273
- Was named honorable mention all-state in the 6A classification at Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview High School. Riverview was ranked as high as #4 in the state his senior season.
Trivia question: Josh Yanke played scholastically for the Jackson (Oh.) Polar Bears.