Saturday, April 30, 2011
Potential New Knight: Brandon Belt G soph. 6-1
According the most recent PSAC Letters of Intent web page, junior college guard Brandon Belt has committed to attend Gannon. Belt just finished his freshman year at Baltimore City Community College, where the sharpshooter averaged 16.1 ppg for the 20-11 Panthers.
Here's the skinny on Belt:
* Belt started and played in all 31 games at BCCC, leading the team in three-pointers (73-187) and three-point percentage (39%). The 175-pounder shot 45% from the field overall and a stunningly low 56% from the free throw line (39-70).
* Here are his averages: 21.8 minutes, 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 turnovers, and 1.4 steals.
* If you check out the season stats for BCCC, look at Micah Fraction's numbers. The guy averaged 25 ppg in just 23 minutes of action per game. Can Gannon sign that kid, too?
* BCCC advanced to the NJCAA Region XX finals where they fell to Cecil College (MD), 82-78. For his efforts, Belt was named to the all-tournament team. (Note: Cecil is located in North East, MD. Who knew there's another city called "North East"? The college's nickname is the Seahawks, not Grape Pickers. Too bad for them.)
* Belt graduated from Arundel HS (MD), transferring there just prior to his senior season. He averaged 14.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the 18-4 Wildcats, earning second-team All-Anne Arundel County honors. If you're dying to know more about Anne Arundel the person, just click here. If three Gannon Hoops followers click on that link, we'll set an all-time record for site traffic to that web page.
* This article from the Baltimore Sun gives insight behind Belt's choice to attend BCCC, including that he chose the school over Gannon and Pace last year.
* In that same article, published in July 2010, Belt makes this comment which I'm sure he wishes he could take back now: “I didn’t want to go to Division II. After this year I think I can be a Division I player. That’s why I wanted to come to BCCC.”
* This MaxPreps page on Belt is basically worthless, but I'm trying to give you all the info I came across on him.
* Here's something worth clicking on: it's some video highlights of Belt's junior campaign at Southern HS. He's certainly not a stiff. He can both shoot it and slash to the bucket.
The PSAC Letters of Intent web page also says an Anthony Wilson from Lorton, VA signed with the Knights. But the only Anthony Wilson from that area I could find played football -- not basketball -- at Hayfield HS. If anyone can confirm or deny that the Knights hoops team signed an Anthony Wilson, I'd appreciate it. For now, I'll just assume that the PSAC made a typo and the kid should have been listed in the football section. Web sites make tpyos all the time! UPDATE: Moments after I posted this, a Gannon fan emailed me that Wilson is a 6-foot-3 juco transfer to Gannon from Frederick (MD) Community College, who lists him as T.J. Wilson on its basketball roster. I'll gather more details in the upcoming days.