By Nick Veronica
Canisius finalized its 2014-15 basketball roster on Thursday, announcing the addition of guards Jan Grzelinski and Isaiah Gurley along with the departure of redshirt freshman Lou Dunbar.
Grzelinski, 20, comes to Canisius from Wroclaw, Poland, where he has been a member of the youth national program since age 16. Grzelinski stands at only 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, but averaged 10.8 points and 3.4 assists as a point guard for his hometown club WKK Wroclaw.
Gurley is a 6-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Westinghouse Career and Technical High School in Brooklyn who averaged 16.6 points and 7.6 assists per game in last year. (No Jim Baron team is complete without a player from New York City.)
Dunbar played two minutes in both exhibition games last season but redshirted and did not appear in any regular season games, giving him all four years of eligibility remaining. He is the son of former Harlem Globetrotter “Sweet Lou” Dunbar.
Here’s how the Griffs’ roster shapes up:
Jeremiah Williams, senior
Jamal Reynolds, junior
Zach Lewis, sophomore
Kassius Robertson, redshirt freshman
Adam Weir, redshirt freshman
Jan Grzelinski, freshman
Isaiah Gurley, freshman
Raven Owen, freshman
Josiah Heath, senior
Kevin Bleeker, junior
Phil Valenti, sophomore
Jermaine Crumpton, redshirt freshman
Cassidy Ryan, freshman
With eight guards on the roster, several freshmen may be redshirt candidates. In two seasons as coach, Jim Baron has only played one true freshman, Zach Lewis.
Breakdown: 7 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors, 2 seniors.
Departures: Billy Baron, Chris Manhertz, Chris Perez and Jordan Heath to graduation; Dominique Raney and Lou Dunbar to non-renewed scholarships/pursuing other opportunities.
Newcomers: Reynolds, Owen, Ryan, Grzelinski and Gurley. (There are six departures and five newcomers because Billy Baron wasn’t using a scholarship.)