After researching Arthur Talley, can I suggest we bring Steve Bohen back as Gannon's public address announcer? Bohen, who first called "Three for three!" when sharpshooter Chris Hollan (#3) would connect from downtown, would have a field day with Talley. His nickname is "Tee" and he's "Arthur Talley III," so Bohen could say "Tee for three!", "III for three!", and even "Tee III for three!" We could all have our minds blown if C.J. Oldham gives up uniform #3 to Talley.
Talley, one of five new Knights listed on the PSAC Letters of Intent web page, is more evidence of a theme developing in this year's recruiting class. John Reilly seems to be going after hard working, high energy scorers in the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-7 range, and he'll teach them to defend and rebound relentlessly. I haven't seen any Dmitry Martynenko or Tanner Furno-like post players in this year's class. To date, I have these seven players scheduled to attend Gannon. I'm sure at least a couple of them will redshirt:
* Matthew Dogan G 6-6 fr.
* Brandon Domenick G 5-9 fr.
* Marcus Jones G 6-1 fr.
* Girbran Smith G 6-5 jr.
* Arthur "Tee" Talley G/F 6-6 jr.
* Raphell Thomas-Edwards F 6-6 jr.
* Nolan Woodward F 6-5 fr.
Here's background info on Talley:
* Gannon will be Talley's third school in three years. He played juco ball at NJCAA Division III Montgomery-Germantown (Md.) before transferring to Division I Frederick (Md.) Community College.
* Helped Frederick to a 21-10 record, ranking second on the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.6 rpg).
* Connected on 41% of his three-point attempts (44-of-108) and 46% of his field goals overall. Shot well at the free throw line (78%, 86-for-111).
* Also registered 30 blocks, 20 steals, 30 assists, and 47 turnovers in 28 games.
* He ranked 2,004th in NJCAA play in total fouls with 50. That stat is completely meaningless, but I rarely get a chance to say someone's ranked 2,004th in anything.
* Exploded for several big games at FCC, including 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting vs. Globe Institute of Technology and 27 vs. Prince George's Community College. (Side note: Much to my chagrin, Globe's nickname is the Knights, not the Trotters. Probably a copyright infringement thing. But check out Globe's home gym in this photo. Old school for sure!)
* Scored 20+ points in 11 games.
* Scored in double figures the last 13 games of his juco career, including 24 in FCC's season finale loss to Hagerstown Community College in the NJCAA Region XX semifinal.
* This game writeup says that Talley scored 17 points, but the real reason I'm sharing it is for Chesapeake College's nickname: the Skipjacks.
* FCC teammate Markee Mazyck, a 6-foot-5 forward who averaged 22.5 ppg, will play at Austin Peay next year.
* At Montgomery, Talley averaged 14.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.1 assists, and an outrageous 3.8 blocks per game.
* Hit on 46% of his field goals, 33% of his threes (18-for-55), and made 66% of his free throws (66-for-100).
* The only stat of his at Montgomery that will make Gannon fans frown is 3.2 turnovers a game.
* At Tuscarora (Md.) High School, Talley was named first-team all-area by the Frederick News-Post and first-team all-Chespeake Conference. He was also MVP of the Frederick County Roundball Classic.
* This game article from 2008 references Talley as a "backup center" who hit the game-winning free throws as a sophomore.
* According to this web page, he was also as wide receiver/defensive back on the Tuscarora football team.
* This compilation of video highlights from his high school and AAU days shows he's not afraid to go after the basketball. You have to watch the whole video to see a thundering slam dunk by Talley.
* You only have to wait 7 seconds to see a putback slam by Talley in this video.
* If you want to see complete games of Talley at Frederick, click here for the videos. We don't have another Gannon game for six months, so you have plenty of time to watch them between now and late November.