By Nick Veronica
Dominique Raney will play Division II basketball next season after Canisius did not renew his scholarship, the school’s athletic department confirmed today.
The team did not have a statement available but said one may come this week when it gets more information from the college’s compliance office. Division I scholarships are one-year, renewable contracts.
Raney, a redshirt sophomore, started at guard in the first 15 games last season but came off the bench the rest of the way. He finished the year averaging 5.5 points and 15.6 minutes per game while hitting 42.3 percent of field goals.
While he was able to provide a spark off the bench, Raney was rumored to have been at odds with the coaching staff and was considered to be a transfer candidate at the end of last season.
With that in mind, Raney was asked what he was looking forward to in next year’s team during the press conference after the last game of the season.
“Get the blueprint started,” he said. “Just get ready, see what we can bring in, see how the season will go. We have a lot of shooters, we’re gonna still be pushing the ball a lot next year and hopefully keep this tradition going.”
Raney has signed with the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, a Division II school. He had two years of eligibility remaining.
Raney’s departure leaves one open scholarship for next season. Canadian reports say Canisius is interested in guard Kaza Keane (Ajax, Ontario), who is transferring out of Illinois State. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder would have to sit out next season.
The team is also in need of size. The Griffs’ returning rebounding leaders are Phil Valenti (3.9 per game) and Josiah Heath (2.2).
Canisius’ other recruits are Raven Owen (5-11, 165), Cassidy Ryan (6-6, 215) and Jamal Reynolds (6-5, 175).Follow @nickveronica