Saturday, July 3, 2010

GU Recruit: Kyle Servance PG 6-0 jr.

If I had to pick a player on the current Gannon roster who would be the starting point guard when the season opens Nov. 26, I'd put my money on Kyle Servance (on the far right in this photo). The juco transfer from from Howard Community College in Maryland is unlikely to sit on the bench after ranking the NJCAA top 10 in assists (6.9 avg) and three-point percentage. Yes, I know James Bryant came in highly touted last year and that worked out about as well as BP's deepwater drilling plan. But Bryant didn't have the luxury of spending all off-season with the team and the pre-season with the coaching staff. Point guards are rarely plug-and-play.

Here's some info I uncovered on Servance, much of it thanks to Gannon SID Dan Teliski:
* Averaged 16.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals last season at HCC
* A threat from the outside, he hit 50 threes on the year
* Named second team all-conference in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference
* In a 107-98 loss at Monroe College, Howard hit for a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 on threes
* Here's the cover of a Howard CC game program featuring Servance (with ball, on the left).

* Led Reservoir High School (Md.) in scoring (15.8 ppg) and assists as a senior, earning team MVP honors. (Personal note: Reservoir's nickname is "Gators." Man did they miss an opportunity to nickname themselves the Bulldogs so they could call themselves the Reservoir Dogs. But maybe the self-proclaimed "Friendliest School In The Country" didn't want to be associated with Quentin Tarantino's violent movies.)
* Earned all-Howard County honors, ranking 5th in the county in scoring, 8th in assists (3.2 avg), and 8th in three-pointers made (47)
* Played in the Maryland-vs.-Pennsylvania All-Star Basketball game, which I bet you didn't know existed until just now

That's Servance as an athlete. Now let's talk about the kid as a student.
* I'm not sure if he'll be a Communications/TV major, but this video, which appears to be directed and produced by him, would get him a front row seat in Gannon's Comm/Arts program.
* Looks like he was a member of the HCC Times, the Howard Community College student newspaper. (Scroll to page 4 of this link.) Could he be a guest contributor to Gannon Hoops?

On Facebook, Servance lists his interests as "chillin" and "ballin." Let's hope he's stellar at the latter so Gannon fans (and Coach Reilly) can do more of the former this season.


  1. looks like a good addition to the comm program if he joins...and stays... we all thought isaac reid was going to be good for the comm program too ;)

  2. I like his assist percentage ... 7 a game ... IMO the assists is one of the major duties of a point guard. The other main duty is handing the ball, i.e 0-1 turnover a game and included with this is running the offense.

  3. Congrats to GU basketball alum Aaron Garrity on his win at the Quad bike race. He completed the 12.1 mile time trial at Edinboro in a course record 26 minutes and 34 seconds. That's averaging 27.3 miles per hour on a bike.

    I like his quote in the paper: "I may not be the most talented biker out there, but no one will out work me." Just like his basketball career.

  4. Aaron Garrity is and always will be my all-time favorite Gannon player! And this event just shows even more why!

    Aaron Garrity = First Class Act all the way. On the court, off the court. No change!

    Kudos to AG33! :-)

  5. Congratulations to the one hundred and sixty-one Gannon student-athletes being named scholar-athletes for having a 3.25 or higher GPA. For men's BB, Tanner, Preston, Zo, and Steve. Outstanding for all those named and for GU academic excellence.