Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Knight: A'Darius Porter F 6-6 235 jr.

According to a few sources, including the PSAC National Letters of Intent web page, power forward A'Darius Porter will be a member of the Gannon program this fall. And according to this You Tube highlight video, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Porter can do it all.

The reality is Porter is a beast on the boards and tenacious defender, not a giant scorer. Last year as a sophomore at John Wood Community College in Quincy (Ill.), an NCJAA Division II school, Porter averaged 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was in single digits for scoring the final four games of the season, but did average nearly 8 rebounds per game in those contests.

Before we get to his playing background, let's talk trivia. Porter will the first player in Gannon history with an apostrophe in his name -- first or last name. I figured at some point a guy named O'Neil, O'Brien, or D'Angelo would have worn maroon and gold, but I couldn't find one on the all-time roster. How 'bout that?"

So by my count, here is Gannon's incoming recruiting class:
* Matthew Dogan G 6-6 fr.
* Brandon Domenick G 5-9 fr.
* Marcus Jones G 6-1 fr.
* A'Darius Porter F 6-6 jr.
* 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.

I'm intentionally profiling Jones and Woodward last because they are both Canadian students. It's not that I have anything against our friends from the north, it's just that it's harder to get admitted to an American school when you've been educated only in Canada. Jones and Woodward have signed letters of intent, but that step occurs before the school considers admitting the young man.

Here are some more details on Porter:

* As a sophomore, helped John Wood to a 22-10 record and Region XIV championship.
* In addition to averaging 10.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg, he shot 48.5% from the field, attempting only two three-pointers, and 69.4% from the foul line (118-for-170).
* Hit double figures in rebounds 7 times, including 13 boards vs. Danville Community College in the regional title game.
* Posted a season-high 23 points vs. Rock Valley College, sinking 10-of-12 field goals.
* Scored 17 points at Lincoln Land CC despite making just one field goal; hit 15-of-18 free throws. (Clearly fans of alliteration and childhood toys, the Springfield (Ill.) school's nickname is "Loggers.")
* Earned second-team all-Midwest Athletic Conference honors. League player of the year Chris Whitehead is headed to Division I Fordham. Porter helped limit Whitehead to just 10 points in the regional championship game. As this photo shows, Porter was ecstatic about the victory.
* This photo shows how John Wood won the game -- with guys like Porter hitting the floor to get a loose ball.
* Porter's John Wood bio from last year offers gems such as he doesn't like people touching his right hand on game days. I'll keep that in mind.
* A native of Stockbridge, Ga., which is just south of Atlanta, Porter is featured in this story about attending a school over 700 miles away from home. Erie's a bit farther away -- 827 miles to be exact.
* As a freshman at John Wood, averaged 8.9 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Connected on 49% of his field goals and 53% of his foul shots.
* This slideshow includes a few photos of Porter in action for the Blazers.
* I couldn't find a ton on his high school career at Woodland (Ga.) HS, but this writeup on a playoff game includes a quote from Porter and a nice stat line: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists.
* Played AAU ball for the FCI Warriors, an Atlanta-area basketball team.


  1. Surprised he didn't sign with D'Youville.

  2. besides graduates, who was announced as leaving the program? I know someone said Torrance hit the road... any word on anyone else?

  3. Jim: You are missing one more Greishe Clerjuste 6'2" from Montreal Ca. QC/Vanier. He is listed on Hoopstars Canada as players going to the US division ll schools.

    1. Bob: Thanks for he info. I will wait to list him / research him until he shows up on the Letters Of Intent page or another reliable source. Not that I'm saying all blogs aren't reliable, but here's an example of one time a potential Gannon player fell through ... and fell hard:

  4. Just received an email from a Gannon fan that Chris Fite, who served as an assistant at IUP for Joe Lombardi, was named Shippensburg's head coach:

  5. Fite got the Shipp job last week. I think it was announced last Thursday, Kinda late in the year. Should be interesting to see who Lomabrdi gets as a replacement. I thought I heard that the second assistant (can't remember his name)at IUP had left earlier.

    Looking at the list of new players at IUP, it sounds like they'll also have some adjustment issues. I think they only have Souberville(sp?) and Kaita (sp?) back as returning starters. Figures, GU doesn't play them until mid-January as opposed to playing them in early December last year. They'll probably figure it out by then.

  6. Not sure if you saw the release about Gannon athletes excelling in the classroom. Here's an excerpt followed by a list of PSAC scholar-athlete basketball players.

    Gannon Tops PSAC Scholar-Athlete Percentage for Fourth Time in Five Years; School-Record 182 Named Scholar-Athletes

    ERIE, Pa. – A school-record 182 Gannon student-athletes have been named 2012-13 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athletes it was announced Wednesday afternoon by the conference. As a result, Gannon produced the highest percentage of student-athletes named PSAC scholar-athletes among the league's 16 schools for the fourth time in the last five years.

    Gannon topped the charts at 48 percent, producing 182 scholar-athletes among its 380 student-athletes during the 2012-13 academic year. A student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or better to be named a scholar-athlete.

    Basketball, Men (4)
    Adam Blazek
    Tanner Furno
    C.J. Oldham
    Robert Wilson

    Basketball, Women (9)
    Brittany Batts
    Amanda Berchtold
    Doriyon Glass
    Marisa Guyton
    Kelsey McCoy
    Morgan Neighbors
    Jen Papich
    Mollie Sebald
    Kelley Sundberg

    For the complete release, follow this URL:

  7. More good news for the GU basketball programs on the academic front:

    Gannon Captures Six PSAC Top Team GPA Awards; Holds Onto Conference's All-Time Lead


    ERIE, Pa. -- Gannon student-athletes continue to lead the way when it comes to performance in the classroom. Six Gannon athletic programs affiliated with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) posted the highest team grade point average in the conference it was announced Thursday afternoon. The 2012-13 results bring Gannon's total of PSAC Top Team GPA awards since the conference created the award last year to a league-best 13.

    Six of Gannon's 16 programs that compete in the conference received PSAC Top Team GPA Awards in 2012-13. In their second year of existence, the Top Team GPA Awards honor the teams with the top cumulative team grade point average in each of the PSAC's 23 sponsored sports - with indoor and outdoor track & field being counted as a single sport in these awards.

    The Top Team GPA Awards are given out just once per year, in June, at the conclusion of each academic year. All team GPAs that are listed are as of the conclusion of the spring semester.

    Gannon had six of its teams recognized as having the top team GPA of all programs in their respective sports in 2012-13. The baseball (3.210), women's basketball (3.489), men's cross country (3.532), women's cross country (3.719), men's golf (3.396) and softball (3.435) squads compiled the highest GPA among all PSAC teams in those sports. Five Gannon programs were repeat winners - women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf and softball.

    Other Gannon sports that ranked among the PSAC's top three included men's basketball (2.894, third), football (2.813, second), women's golf (3.328, third), men's soccer (3.249, third) and women's swimming (3.36, third).

  8. Nice highlight youtube. We're lucky dA didn't go straight to the NBA.

  9. Goldcamp article

  10. Kyle's article demonstrates how difficult it is and how few make it to the NBA. Maybe other student athletes will take note and make graduating a higher priority. PSAC seems to have a high graduation rate but generally speaking, many athletes waste their free opportunity to get an education if for no other reason than to have something to fall back on just in case their NBA dreams go unfulfilled. Kyle and other graduated GU student athletes have modeled excelling as an athlete AND a student. May there be many more to follow.

    1. Three Gannon Men's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to NABC Honors Court

  11. Saw that Breanna Brennan the Mich recruit is already in Erie
    for the summer working out with the team in their summer workouts.

  12. Here are a few recent press releases Gannon Hoops fans might find interesting:

    Three Gannon Men's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to NABC Honors Court

    Gannon Athletics Booster Club Posts Record-Breaking Year

    Gannon Athletics Department Promotes MacMurdy and Teliski

    Also, I'm told former Edinboro forward Chris Bess is the new assistant coach for the Fighting Scots. He's been coaching high school ball in the Cleveland area.

  13. Need a BB fix? Stop by MercyWurst on Sat & Sun for the alumni M&W BB games. Ck the MU site but wash your keyboard when done. :)

  14. For those of you who missed it and I think that was just about everyone but myself. GU men beat Findlay 97-92 and the Lady Knights put one McU by 20 pts.

    1. A co-worker of mine said former Knights Darmel Whitfield and Nikki Smith plus Findlay's Dustin Pfieffer were most impressive.

    2. I've seen Darmel play in "rec leagues" in the past year or so and he looks to be even better than he was when at Gannon. He was very good at Gannon (given he hadn't played basketball in what? 4 years?), but looks even more impressive now. Fun to watch former players play in misc. leagues after they're done. Some dominate similar as they did in college and others seem to be 10x better! (might be competition though in some cases)

  15. They played Findlay? What happened to GU vs MU alum?

    Funny that in an alum game, we beat Findlay alum. But Findlay always beat us back then haha :)

  16. Less than 120 days till tipoff against Cal. Can't wait. Go Knights!!!!

  17. Speak for yourself.

    That means that it's less than 120 days until mid-November when it is freezing cold and snowing. GU hoops is a great diversion in the winter months, but I certainly can wait until then. :-)

  18. Another letter of intent signed: Aleksandar Malinic, freshman from Morgan County High School in West Liberty KY. (see his Twitter)

  19. Golden89 -- Gannon home opener, or diversion, as you call it, versus Roberts Wesleyan November 23, 2012 . . . high temperature in Erie, PA was 56 degrees. The Golden Knights beat RW by 21. Can't wait? Yeah, I can't wait. Go Knights!!

  20. Is it my imagination or are there an unusually large number of men's signings so far this year? I didn't think there were that many scholarships available.

    1. seems like it to me! im thinking maybe a few more redshirts than usual? Or else some are walk ons and will be cut? Or (didn't want to think of this) did players leave that we're unaware of?....

  21. Bill: Thanks for the heads up. I'll do some research on Malinic soon.

    This is a longer list of recruits than normal. First, I wouldn't be surprised if all of them didn't show up. An NLI (national letter of intent) doesn't mean the student-athlete has been accepted by Gannon. And even if they all would join the program, some of them would certainly redshirt. I talked with a respected basketball authority recently, and he said Division II recruiting has changed significantly over the recent years. Kids are not staying put -- many attending 3-4 different schools during their career.

  22. Anyone have any info on the WBK recruit Jim Brunelli is bringing in. Heard she's 6ft plus and a 68' wing span.

    1. Mikayla Deguire, Watervliet High School Albany NY.

    2. Watervliet High School in Watervliet, NY near Albany, NY.

  23. here is a link for Mikayla Deguire info