Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Knight: Shameel Carty sr. G/F 6-4

When Gannon announces a new recruit, the #1 question is usually, "Can he play on this level? Can he compete in Division II and the PSAC West?" With Shameel Carty we already know the answer is a resounding yes. Carty comes to Gannon after three successful seasons at PSAC rival Clarion, where over 66 games (35 of them starts) he totalled 757 points (11.5 ppg), 356 rebounds (5.4 rpg), 92 assists, and 66 steals.

So we know he can play. But Golden Knight fans still have these questions about Carty:
* Why did he sit out last season after three quality years of play?
* Why would Gannon sign a senior transfer?
* What happened April 15 of last year when Carty and several other Clarion students were charged with riot, obstructing administration of the law, failure to disperse upon official order, plus hazardous and disorderly conduct?

Let's talk about the legal matters first. Carty was issued the litany of charges above, but he pled guilty only to hazardous disorderly conduct and was placed on six months probation. According to the Clarion Call newspaper article and police reports, a brawl erupted during the championship of an intramural basketball game involving a team of Clarion football players vs. Clarion basketball players. After a foul, a shoving match ensued between opponents, and spectators ran onto the court causing a riot.

I don't know what to think about all that. Obviously it's not good. But I recall back in 1990 when I played at Gannon, we engaged in a full-scale brawl after our game vs. the University of Buffalo at the Hammermill Center. Did that make Gregg Blair, Dave Callahan, Andy Adams, and me bad people? I don't think so. I'm willing to give the kid the benefit of the doubt. I'll judge him based on the behavior I see with my own eyes. I'm not going prejudge a kid based on one night. I hope other Gannon fans can do the same.

Let's talk about Carty the player. Wait, how about we have our good friend Gary Manchel talk about Carty first. Here's an excerpt from the Erie Times in 2010 prior to Mercyhurst's PSAC West playoff game at Clarion:
"They're very good," Manchel said of the Eagles, who were led by junior guard/forward Shameel Carty's 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 77-75 victory over the 'Hurst in Clarion. "They have the Harrisons (junior transfers, point guard Lloyd and swingman Jamar, who are not related), but the guy that really hurt us the first time was Carty. We shut him down the second time (a 76-64 home win), but they didn't have their shooting guard (Mike) Sherry, and with him in there it creates matchup problems for us. He is supposed to play (tonight). So again, the guy we have to control is Carty, or we are going to have a lot of problems."

Here's some more bio info on Carty:
* Played with former Knights Josh Yanke and Ron Hollis at Clarion. They must not have badmouthed their Gannon experience too much (or Carty didn't place much stock in it) if he's now coming to play for John Reilly.
* Suited up for the Golden Eagles from 2007-10.
* For his career, shot 44% from the field, 33% on threes (46-for-139), and 75% from the foul line.
* I was surprised how frequently he got to the foul line. In the 2009-10 season, he attempted 170 free throws, hitting 125. That placed on 7th on Clarion's all-time single season list for free throws attempted and 6th in makes.
* His junior season was highly productive: 28 games, 17 starts, 14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg. He led Clarion in scoring 8 times as a junior, including 3 times in the final 4 games, and led them in rebounds 11 games. He poured in a season-high 24 points against both California (Pa.) and Mercyhurst.
* He was named PSAC West Co-Player of the Week in early Feb. 2010 after averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds in two wins vs. Mercyhurst and Edinboro. Heck, maybe Reilly recruited Carty to Gannon for that week alone. Couldn't blame him if he did.
* For the complete stats on Carty's junior year, just click here.
* In limited playing time as a sophomore and freshman he still produced. In 08-09, he played in 27 games with 16 starts, averaging 9.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg. In 11 games in 07-08, he averaged 4.9 ppg and 1.8 rpg.
* His bio on the Clarion website doesn't provide a ton of info, but it does show comments on Carty from CU coach Dr. Ron Righter: "Plays #3 & #4 spots. Excellent conditioned athlete. Slasher. Very gifted. Strong defensive player. Runs the floor well. Can score both inside and outside. Very good in transition. Rebounds well. Quality free throw shooter. From tough high school league."
* Hails from Queens, NY where he played for Holy Cross HS.
* Here's a photo of Carty from his high school days. The caption is actually what impressed me -- Carty's team lost by only 4 points in a playoff game vs. national power Rice, a frequent competitor in the McDonald's Classic.
* Here are two photos from his college days. The first shows Carty getting an up-close look at a dunk by Patrick Patterson, then of the University of Kentucky and now of the Houston Rockets. Clarion played an exhibition game vs. UK that year, losing 117-52, with Carty scoring 10 points. Did you notice all the people in the stands in that UK photo? Well, you won't see many in this one, a PSAC West matchup between Clarion and Lock Haven. And is it standard protocol for everyone at Clarion games to rest their chins on their fist? I know Lock Haven is tough to watch, but at least sit up straight!
* The only online video I can find of Carty is him dunking during a shootaround at Rupp Arena. I was the 20th person to watch it. Join the club.
* If I still did Gannon games on radio, I'm sure I'd slip up at some point and call him "Rico Carty," the former major leaguer.

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