Tuesday, November 20, 2012
* Gannon hasn't made an official announcement, but according to the Erie Times West Middlesex junior Matthew Dogan (pictured here) has committed to play for the Golden Knights next year. The Times says, "Dogan is a 6-foot 6-inch guard who can play inside and out but his strength is handling the ball and creating offense." According to the Pittsburgh Basketball Report, he's one of the top 10 guards in the Pittsburgh area. If anyone's seen him play, please comment below.
* Lots have folks have been talking in the previous post here on Gannon Hoops about player transfers. In response, I received this email from a GU fan who wishes to remain anonymous: "I find it strange that you have so many comments concerning transfers, but today Gannon announces a high school signing and there have been no comments whatsoever. Also, how long does John need to be part of the program before people know how to spell his name?" It's R-E-I-L-L-Y. I'm predicting a future comment will say "Jon Reilly" and make us all scream.
* Here's some other good Gannon news you might want to talk about. Several Knights participated in National Young Readers Week by volunteering to read at local schools. This press release from Gannon has all the details. Next year they can print this blog and read it to the kiddies. Wouldn't that be fun!
* Roberts Wesleyan will enter the Gary Miller Classic with a 1-1 mark after handling the hapless Houghton Highlanders tonight, 60-44. The Knights will need to stop Devin Grimes who will arrive at the Hammermill averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds a game for Roberts. (Editor's Note: I reserve the right to call Houghton "hapless" based on their 69-64 home loss to Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Nov. 16.)
* Jim LeCorchick gave me the heads up that former IUP All-American Gerald Brooks has resurfaced at Slippery Rock after three years away from the game. Click on this page from the Indiana Gazette for details. (Parental discretion is advised.)
* LeCorchick also pointed me towards the current IUP team photo. Click on that link and see if any player stands out to you -- literally. Wearing #33 but listed as #11 is Blake Vedder, a 7-foot-3, 235-pound transfer from Division I Rhode Island. He's one of five DI transfers on the Crimson Hawk roster, and I'm sure he has the most difficulty when they travel. Here's some video of Vedder if you can't wait until Dec. 8 when Gannon and IUP square off.
* Happy Thanksgiving! Before the leftovers are gone, we'll have two home games under our belt. If we can still fit into our belt.