Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Knight: Brandon Emmitt jr. G 6-0

Before we get into any details about new GU recruit Brandon Emmitt, take 48 seconds to watch this clip of him earlier this year at Erie Community College (NY). I'm surprised it has only 200-something views. If I nailed a playoff game-winner like that, I'd have watched it 200 times a day all by myself. That clip is from the NJCAA national tournament in March, Emmitt beating the buzzer with that three to help eliminate Metropolitan CC-Penn Valley (Mo.), 84-81.

Here's more info on Emmitt:
* Gannon lists him as a 6-foot, 160-pound junior guard.
* Averaged 8.3 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals over 32 games as a sophomore for 27-5 ECC.
* Produced 88 assists vs. 53 turnovers, a respectable 1.7-to-1 ratio.
* Shot well from the free throw line (81%, 62-for-77) but only 33% from the field (76-for-231) and 31% on three-pointers (50-of-159).
* Holy cow! That means 69% of his field goal attempts were threes. Hopefully he'll stretch the defense as a Golden Knight.
* Standout games included season-high 19 points and 5 assists against Mid Michigan and 16 points with 7 assists in the NJCAA Region III tournament semis.
* Hit 4 three-pointers three times last season. Recorded 7 assists in a game twice.
* In three games vs. Mercyhurst-North East, he was a combined 3-of-16 from the field. Let's hope he has a better shooting chart against Mercyhurst-Not North East.
* This website says he was named region athlete of the week in December last year after scoring double figures in three straight games. But maybe more importantly, I learned there's a website called "Huge Sportz."
* Here's an ECC team photo. Every time I see "ERIE" in red letters on white, I think it's the Erie Wave.
* As a freshman at ECC, he averaged 6.7 ppg and ranked second on the team in three-pointers made (40 3FG in 28 games). A teammate of his was all-name team legend God's Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-8 forward now playing at St. John's in the Big East.
* With Emmitt on the club, ECC won consecutive NJCAA region championships.
* Was a major contributor to the Kats' post-season run this past season. Was named to the Region III all-tourney team last year after scoring 16 points against Monroe Community College in the championship game.
* ECC placed 4th at the NJCAA championships in 2011 and 7th in 2012.
* We'll have to ask if he's a Lebron James fan; Emmitt is a native of Akron, OH.
* Played high school ball at Akron Garfield, where he was named all-city twice. Earned second team honors as a senior and honorable mention as a junior.
* Not only was a letterwinner for 3 years, he was a varsity captain for 3 seasons.
* He won't like this article from SportsInk.com. It recaps Garfield's stunning loss to 4-17 Cuyahoga Falls. Emmitt tallied 17 points in the loss.
* Scored 20 points in this Garfield OT victory at Alliance.
* I wish I could share with you some of his high school stats, but I couldn't find any. Well, any that were accurate. This web page has some numbers, but I'd give them an incomplete grade if I was a teacher.
* Speaking of school, Emmitt excelled in the classroom: was a member of the honor roll and merit roll, earned a spot in the school's 3.0 GPA Club every year, and was named Career Education Student of the Year. Received the US Army National Scholar-Athlete, the West Point Leadership and the Robert Hughey awards. (Editor's Note: If you know who Robert Hughey is, please let me know. I'm guessing it's not this guy. Thanks.)
* This video includes some Garfield highlights plus an interview with Emmitt.
* Here's a photo of Emmitt shooting a jumper and here's one of him fighting for a rebound at Garfield. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Knights Announce Recruiting Class

Gannon officially unveiled its recruiting class today. Details are available in this press release from the school. The only surprises were the departure of Bubby Johnson (though not a giant surprise after high school teammate Stephen Battle bolted) and the unveiling of Brandon Emmitt, a juco guard from Akron I hadn't heard of before.

Click on any of the names below (except for Emmitt, who I'll research later) for more information. Here is the official class:

* Algeron Torrence F, jr., 6-foot-6, 270
* Rogerio Livramento F, jr., 6-foot-6, 215
* Jabs Newby G, jr., 6-foot-2, 185
* Brandon Emmitt G, jr., 6-foot-0, 160


Gannon lists the official returnees as sr. Darrell Blanton, sr. Tanner Furno, sr. Oscar Macias, sr. Dmitry Martynenko, sr. Alvin Tucker, sr. T.J. Wilson, jr. Robert Wilson, and soph. Adam Blazek. With four junior recruits and zero freshman on the roster, it's pretty clear that Coach John Reilly is aiming to win this year. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Potential New Knight: Jabs Newby jr. G 6-2

Guard Jabs Newby hasn't been listed on the PSAC Letters of Intent web page as a Gannon basketball signee, but I'm assuming he's going to join the Knights this year after two seasons at Division I Eastern Kentucky. If he isn't, he'd better change his Twitter account description which currently reads "Transferred to Gannon University. #GUnation."

I'm excited about Newby suiting up for the Knights. First, my ears perk up any time a DI transfer is added to the roster. Then there's this jaw-dropping seven-minute highlight video of Newby in action at EKU. Video highlights can be misleading (e.g. they don't show the kid committing 12 turnovers), but these highlights of Newby show he has a flair for the game plus he can get to the rim -- and above it. I don't want to prematurely anoint him the next Javar Cheatham, but Newby does show flashes of brilliance that could make him a top point guard in the region.

Here's the rest of the story on Newby:

* Every site I researched listed at 6-foot-2, but they varied his weight from 180-190 pounds.
* As a sophomore at EKU, he played in 30 games, starting none, while averaging 11.9 minutes of playing time. Averaged only 1.7 ppg, shooting just 30.6% from the field (19-of-62), 27.3% on three-pointers (3-for-11), and 50% on free throws (10-of-20). Recorded 43 assists and just 17 turnovers. Collected 42 rebounds (1.3 avg), 11 steals, and 5 blocked shots. The Colonels finished the year 16-16 overall, 7-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
* Posted similar stats his freshman year: 22 games, 1 start, 11.8 minutes per game, 2.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 31 assists, 24 turnovers, 34% on FG, 8% on 3FG (1-for-12), and 10-for-15 on free throws. EKU was 15-16, 9-9 in the OVC.
* The highlight from Newby's freshman year was becoming the first EKU player in half a decade to record double-figure assists in a game with 10 at Southern Conference member Georgia Southern. He also scored 8 points that game.
* His biggest game as a sophomore was 7 points and 4 assists vs. NAIA Brescia, John Reilly's former school. Had an active season finale vs. Southeast Missouri. In just 11 minutes registered 3 points, 5 assists, and 4 fouls.
* Here's Newby's bio from the EKU website prior to last season. I'll highlight the important details below.
* Moved to West Virginia from his native Toronto to play his final two years of high school basketball at Mountain State Academy.
* Averaged 10 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals a game as a senior for the 22-4 Falcons.
* As a junior (2008-09), Mountain State finished 29-7 and was ranked among the top 30 high schools in the U.S. by ESPN.
* According to AllKyHoops.com, Newby was ranked as the 82nd-best point guard in the 2010 Class by ESPN.com. Here is ESPN.com's evaluation of him: "Newby has very good length, quickness, and athleticism. He has the naturally ability that allows him to make incredible plays, especially in the open-court. He easily gets to the rim and looks to finish at the cup. Newby also has a very good pro-hop move that he uses on his way to the paint. Newby has to get stronger in order to become a better finisher in traffic. He also has to improve his ability to connect consistently from the perimeter especially in order to play off the ball, which he seems most suited for at this point. However, Newby's size makes more suited for the point guard spot, but he needs to improve his decision-making abilities as well as enhance his passing skills and court vision. He also has to alleviate his tendency to over-dribble at times."
* This web page shows that Newby played with and against some top talent in high school at the Central Bank Basketball Classic in Lexington, KY. The tourney had lots of Division I talent including current NBA players Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson.
* Interesting profile here of Newby during his high school days. In the article Newby reveals he was recruited by Nebraska, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, St. Joe’s, St. Bonaventure, Miami-Ohio, Fresno State, Duquense, Colorado and Western Carolina.
* I've never seen a more artistic video of a Gannon recruit than this one titled "Jabs Newby - Late Nights In The Gym." You'll want to stick around for the dunks beginning at the 1:40 mark.
* This video allegedly shows Newby dunking on some kid in a pick-up game. You'll want to fast forward through the sloppy play to the 58-second mark for Newby's facial.
* This video from his junior year at Mountain State includes tons of dunks, of course, but also several three-pointers by Newby.
* If you like basketball practice, you'll enjoy this video of Newby and a teammate running drills.
* Not sure how helpful this 6-second video is, but it's allegedly of Newby dunking during an open gym.
* According to this website, Newby will turn 21 on Aug. 15.