Canisius College head men’s basketball coach Jim Baron announced today that Jamal Reynolds (Pickering, Ontario/Mott Community College), Cassidy Ryan (Mississauga, Ontario/Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and Raven Owen (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph’s) have signed their National Letter of Intent and will join the Golden Griffins’ program for the 2014-15 season.
“We are excited to add these three young men to the Canisius men’s basketball team,” Baron said. “Each guy brings something different to our program, which is what we’re looking to do as we continue to build this program moving forward.”
Reynolds is a 6-foot-5, 172-pound guard who averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game during his scholastic career at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering, Ont. He was named a league MVP after his senior season at Pine Ridge after he averaged 29.8 points per game to go with 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per contest. During the 2013-14 season at Mott Community College, Reynolds played in all 31 games for the Bears and averaged 11.0 points and a team best 7.2 rebounds per game, as the team posted a 25-6 overall record and a 15-3 mark in league play before seeing their season end in the NJCAA District 10 semifinal.
Ryan was a four-year letterwinner for Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Mississauga, Ontario. A 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward, Ryan is the first student at Mount Carmel to sign an NCAA Division I NLI from Mount Carmel High School. He helped lead the Lions to the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association championship in 2012 and prior to the start of the 2013 AAU summer circuit, he was rated on the Northstar Basketball Pre-Summer Top-75 recruiting list.
Owen recently completed his senior season at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J. The 5-foot-11, 165 pound guard averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 31 contests for the Falcons. He scored nine points and pulled down four boards in St. Joe’s-Metuchen’s 49-47 win over Newark East Side to help the Falcons claim the program’s first NJSIAA/ShopRite Tournament of Champions title. In 48 career varsity games for St. Joseph, Owen averaged 7.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds.
Baron also announced that Dominique Raney will not return to the Canisius program for the 2014-15 season. Raney played in 34 games last season where he made 15 starts. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native averaged 5.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for the team.The 2014-15 team will return one starter and five letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 21-13 overall and 14-6 in MAAC play before earning a berth into the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the program’s second-straight national postseason appearance. The Griffs have won a total of 41 games over the previous two seasons, the second highest number of wins among any school in the MAAC.