Two future members of the Canisius College men’s basketball team have been named First-Team All-Western New York by The Buffalo News. Adam Weir, a senior at Canisius High School was honored as the Allen Wilson Player of the Year and he is joined on the All-WNY First Team by future teammate Jermaine Crumpton, who is currently a senior at Niagara Falls High School. Both players singed their National Letters of Intent to join the Golden Griffins’ men’s basketball program during the NCAA’s early signing period in November and will be on the team’s roster for the 2013-14 season.
Weir is the second Canisius High School player to be named the local Player of the Year, joining with former Canisius High and Canisius College graduate Darren Fenn, who was honored after his senior year in 1997. Weir finished his scholastic career with 1,339 career points and 409 career rebounds. In his senior season, he helped lead the Crusaders to a 31-2 overall record and the team won its third-straight Manhattan Cup. As one of the team’s captains, Weird poured in 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game. A two-time All-WNY First-Team honoree, Weir will be the fourth local high school Player of the Year to play collegiately Canisius, joining with former winners Ray Hall (1981), Jeff Taggart (1985) and Fenn.
Crumpton averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Niagara Falls High School Wolverines in his senior campaign, which saw the team post a 17-4 overall record. The 6-foot-5 forward also averaged 3.0 assists per game and like Weir, was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in New York State in 2013. Crumpton was an All-WNY Second-Team selection in 2011-12 and along with Weir, the two future Griffs are the first All-WNY First-Team selections to join the Canisius program since Hodari Mallory signed an NLI to wear Blue and Gold in 1998-99.Canisius ended the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 20-14 and a MAAC record of 11-7. The Griffs saw their season end in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, which marked the program’s first postseason appearance since 1996. The 20 wins last season is Canisius’ seventh 20-win campaign and its first since 2000-01. Canisius’ plus-15 win differential is the best in school history and it ranks third at the Division I level this year. The 11 MAAC wins are the most for the Blue and Gold since 1998-99 and the team posted a 12-4 mark at home in the Koessler Athletic Center, setting a program record for home victories on campus in a single year. Canisius will return six letterwinners and three starters to next year’s team.