Canisius College head men's basketball coach Jim Baron announced today that Tyrel Edwards (Hamilton, Ontario) and Dominique Raney (Oklahoma City, Okla.) have joined the Golden Griffins' roster for the 2012-13 season. Both players will have three years of eligibility, starting this season.
Edwards is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound forward who redshirted during the 2011-12 season at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill. During the 2010-11 season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line while playing at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. He scored a career-high 28 points in his first junior college game, a 73-53 win for the Vincennes Blazers over Roane State, and he ended up leading the team in scoring six times as the team went 18-13 on the year.
Raney is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard that joins the Canisius program after playing at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. He averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game as the Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season with a 25-11 overall record, a Region XIV tournament championship and a berth into the 2012 NJCAA National Tournament.
Baron also announced that Sean Ezeamama and Tyler Funk have chosen to leave Canisius to pursue academic opportunities at another institution.The 2012-13 season will mark Canisius' first year under Baron, who was named the program's 23rd head coach April 3, 2012 after he spent the previous 11 seasons at the helm of the Rhode Island program. The Griffs return six letterwinners and three starters from last year's roster.