Thursday, April 22, 2010
New Knight: Kelvin Agee G 6-3 Fr.
There was a brief mention about this in the Erie paper this morning, and here's the complete article from the Niagara (N.Y.) Gazette. High-scoring guard Kelvin Agee is transferring to Gannon from St. Bonaventure. I'll try to gather more details on him in the near future. I hope he works as hard as GU's last "A.G." -- Aaron Garrity.
Kelvin Agee transfering from Bona to Gannon
By Jonah Bronstein, Niagara Gazette
NIAGARA FALLS — Sitting on the sidelines for a year gave Kelvin Agee some perspective on college basketball. Minutes mean more than divisions, the Niagara Falls native determined.
Agee, the 2009 Niagara Gazette Basketball Player of the Year, said Tuesday that he is transferring to Gannon University, a top-tier Division II program in Erie, Pa., after spending the past season as walk-on at St. Bonaventure.
“I’m ready to play,” said Agee, who averaged 22.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his senior season, leading Niagara Falls High School to a 24-1 record and a trip Glens Falls and earning all-state recognition.
“I think this could be a lesson to a lot of the kids in Niagara Falls. Everybody thinks about going D-I, because you see Jonny (Flynn) and (Rob) Garrison going D-I. But I think I can set an example to everyone that D-II is still good. It’s a high level.”
Gannon, which was one of Agee’s most ardent suitors a year ago, offered the former Wolverine a full scholarship, something the Bonnies were unwilling to do at this point in his career.
Agee still has four years of eligibility remaining. He said he decided against transferring to low Division I school because he would have to sit out another year and only have three years of eligibility left. He also turned down offers from top junior college programs in Florida and Tennessee because he wanted to stay close to 1-year-old son Kayvon and the rest of his family.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Agee said he put on about 15 pounds of muscle over the past year, getting up to 184 pounds. Practicing against Division I players every day helped him refine his skills, and watching the games up close gave him a better understanding of how to play the game at the college level.
“I know a lot more of what to do and when to do it,” Agee said. “I feel more comfortable as a guard.”
Agee will be the second Niagara Falls native to go to Gannon, following Demondi Johnson, who played for the Golden Knights from 2002 through 2006. “I’m proud of Kelvin,” Johnson said. “I watched Kelvin grow up, watched him develop in high school and played pickup with him. I think his upside is tremendous. I told coach (John T.) Reilly that I think he can be an all-conference type of guy.”
Reilly took over the Gannon program when Johnson was a senior. “He likes tough guys, guys who work hard,” Johnson said. “If you can’t defend, you won’t play.”
Eight years ago, Johnson said he felt like there was a stigma attached to playing Division II basketball. “I didn’t know much about Division II. I didn’t know many players that went Division II,” Johnson said. “But once you get there, you realize Gannon is like a low-major Division I school. Division II ball is a very, very good brand of basketball.”
Agee is currently completing his second semester of course work at St. Bonaventure. He plans to come home to Niagara Falls for the summer, but plans to return to Olean on occasion to continue working with the Bonnies strength and conditioning coach and make a couple trips to Gannon to get acclimated to his new environment.